A judicial clerkship is one of the most helpful and prestigious ways to launch your legal career. Keep up to date on valuable programs, application information and tips for obtaining a judicial clerkship position after law school.
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What is a Judicial Clerkship?
A judicial clerkship is a one- to two-year assignment where you are the clerk (essentially research assistant) for a particular judge. Some judges are now hiring law clerks on a permanent basis ('career' clerks) instead of a one or two year term.
A judicial law clerk's work varies depending upon the judge with whom s/he is working. Typically, judicial law clerks review motions and briefs, research the law, and draft opinions.
At the appellate level, a law clerk's duties involve a great deal of research and writing. Appellate law clerks commonly draft memos explaining issues in cases before oral argument and assist judges in drafting opinions afterward. Clerks also attend oral arguments in cases on which they have assisted their judges. Clerking at the United States Court of Appeals often involves some travel since cases are only heard in select cities.
In general, judicial law clerks working at the trial court level, especially in the federal courts, manage cases, draft opinions, and perform extensive legal research to resolve written pre-trial motions (e.g., motions to dismiss, summary judgment). This position often involves considerable exposure to federal pre-trial and trial practice and to members of the local bar. At the state level, in addition to performing legal research, law clerks for trial judges sometimes act as deputy clerks or bailiffs, assisting in scheduling hearings and trials as well as managing jury panels.
Other types of clerking experiences that are often overlooked by students are staff attorneys and pro se law clerks. Various courts at both the federal and state levels hire attorneys who serve as law clerks for the entire court. Staff attorneys often review appeals and correspondence, assist in case management, and draft opinions. Pro se law clerks are common in the federal courts. Generally, they handle pro se matters such as prisoner habeas corpus petitions, civil rights complaints, employment discrimination complaints, and social security disability appeals.
Why should I clerk?
- Prestige: Clerking at a state or federal court is universally viewed as a valuable and prestigious position and excellent credential.
- Perspective: You will have the opportunity to view the system of justice from the other side of the bench. Unless you become a judge, you will never again have this opportunity.
- Intellectually Stimulating: Clerk positions offer the opportunity to research and write about a wide variety of legal topics.
- Experience: This is an intensive period of post-graduate learning. By observing how the judicial decision-making process works, you will learn practical information about how to draft briefs and present cases effectively. Legal employers know that as a judicial clerk, you will have honed your research and writing skills.
- Enhance Job Prospects: Most law clerks meet many prospective employers during their clerkship. Legal employers value a judicial clerkship greatly. Additionally, a judicial clerkship will overcome less than stellar grades. Of course, with poor grades, it will be very difficult to get a judicial clerkship, but it can be done. A judicial clerkship will make mediocre grades seem invisible!
- Reference and Contact: You will have an extremely useful recommendation and contact. When your letter says, "Judge so-and-so suggested I contact you," you'll grab their attention!
- Mentorship: Judges often become life-long mentors to their law clerks. This kind of relationship can be very valuable – both personally and professionally.
- Self-Assessment: A clerkship allows you to take additional time to decide what practice area(s) you are interested in pursuing. Judicial law clerks are exposed to a wide variety of legal practice areas and often rethink long-term goals during their clerkships.
- Great Job: In a recent survey of law clerks conducted by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), 97% stated they would gladly clerk again. The bottom line is that clerking is a GREAT job and a wonderful way to spend a year or two (or more) after law school.
I want to practice in Colorado. Should I look for a clerkship in this state only?
Geography is an important consideration. Generally, a clerkship in the state where you plan to practice is advantageous because of the contacts you make while clerking. You should not, however, limit your search based on this factor alone. Clerking is prestigious regardless of where you do it. This is especially true of federal clerkships. You should have no problem returning to the Denver area, for example, after clerking for a federal judge anywhere in the country.
Do I have to be in the top 10% and on law review?
Of course not. However, if you have these credentials, it is going to be an easier road for you. If you are not in the top 10% and/or did not make the law review, you need to go for another angle. Let your personality shine through on your cover letter. Sometimes a judge will choose you just because you have something in common with him/her or you have something unusual in your background. For example, if you are from a small town, you will want to apply to judges who sit in small towns, and emphasize your small town values in your cover letter.
Make sure you have all the 'good stuff' on your resume. Include things like overseas travel, Outward-Bound experiences, volunteer commitments, raft guide experience, etc. Also, in order to get over the law review problem (i.e., you're not on it), you need to submit a great writing sample.
Other ways to stand out in the crowd: work as an unpaid intern for the judge during the school year; take a seminar course where you will do a lot of writing and really edit the sample until it is perfect; work for a law professor as a research assistant; compete in writing competitions and moot court competitions; take advantage of every opportunity to meet judges (e.g., join an Inn of Court, attend "Judges Week" events in the spring, join the Colorado Bar Association and the Judiciary Committee and attend their meetings and events).
Keep in mind that grades and law review are less important at the state court level, especially among the trial courts.
To what kind of court should I apply?
Any kind of clerkship is generally a great experience but you may want to give some thought to whether you would prefer working for a trial court or an appellate court. There are significant differences between the two. If you want to be a litigator, it would be ideal to obtain a clerkship with a trial court.
Next, consider the level of the court. If you are interested in an area of law that is practiced exclusively in the federal courts, you should actively pursue clerkships in the federal court system. Similarly, if you are planning to practice family law, for example, a federal clerkship might not be as useful as a clerkship with a state court judge.
You should also take into consideration the level of competition involved. Judicial clerkships with the federal appellate courts are the most difficult to obtain and those courts located in popular cities, such as San Francisco and New York, are even more competitive.
If you are interested in clerking at the federal court level, there are many courts besides the Supreme Court, Circuit and District Courts.
Most state judges at the appellate and highest trial court level offer clerkships. For the most comprehensive information on state court clerkships, visit the University of Vermont Law School's website.
There are other opportunities to keep in mind when applying for a clerkship:
- Judges in foreign courts often hire law clerks. International courts that may offer clerkships include the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the International War Crimes Tribunal, the Court of Justice of the European Communities, and The European Court of Human Rights.
- Don't forget the U.S. Court of International Trade, the military courts, and the Tribal Courts.
- There are clerkship positions available in entities outside of the judicial branch. Over 30 U.S. government departments and agencies utilize Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) and some of the judges hire law clerks.
- The Judicial Fellows Program is a one-year fellowship following a federal clerkship. Fellows work at the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Judicial Center, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, or the U.S. Sentencing Commission on projects pertaining to the administration of law
How do I choose a judge?
Ideally, you should select the judges to whom you apply carefully. It is generally best if you try to apply to judges that you research in advance. You have to decide you would definitely work for a particular judge before you send him/her an application because judges do not look favorably on those who turn down a job offer.
There are a variety of resources for discovering additional information about judges.
- Read some of the judges' opinions – recent cases, noteworthy opinions, or opinions in areas of law that you have a particular interest.
- Read the judges' biographies. Almanac of the Federal Judiciary and The American Bench: Judges of the Nation are both great resources for information about judges that may not be widely known (on Westlaw).
- Talk to the judges' former law clerks. Contact the CDO for alumni who have clerked for judges the past few years.
- Find recent news stories about the judges by searching on Lexis, Westlaw or Google.
Articles written by a judge may give you far more insight into the judge's thought process than his/her opinions. Search Lexis and Westlaw for articles.
Learning more about a judge before you apply will also give you an advantage over other applicants because you can be more specific in your cover letter, you can tailor your resume, and you might be able to select a writing sample that may have more appeal to a particular judge for some reason. Having detailed knowledge about a judge is also critical if you are selected for an interview.
The reputation of the judge or the court should not be given undue weight. All clerkships are prestigious. The reputation of the judge or the court is only significant if you are interested in pursuing an academic career, a Supreme Court clerkship, or joining a large law firm.
When is the deadline for applying?
There is no single deadline for every judge. Our team maintains a list of open clerkships and the associated deadlines. Start your search here, and check back frequently to stay on top of new opportunities.
- You can also check with each judge by searching the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR) for federal judges, checking the judge's website on the court website, or, as a last resort, calling the judge's chambers to find out the deadline for application and the required application materials.
- If you are applying to any of the federal courts, you should be aware that the majority of federal judges begin the hiring process on the day after Labor Day during students' third year in law school.
- Don't forget to apply to newly appointed judges, who hire their law clerks even before they are sworn in. This can happen at any time of year.
- For more information about the federal law clerk hiring policy, click here.
Federal Appellate Clerkships
Generally, these judges are the first to hire clerks, so you must be prepared to apply early. Some federal clerkships hire as early as the summer after your 1L year. If you are determined to land a federal clerkship, it is wise to widen your geographic search—while you may be competing with the top students at the top law schools for clerkships in New York, San Francisco, and often Denver, fewer students will apply in smaller cities and your chances will improve.
Increasingly, more federal judges prefer or require clerkship or legal practice experience. If you do not get a federal appellate clerkship directly out of law school, you may be able to complete a state appellate clerkship and then apply for a federal clerkships. Several alumni have taken this path to a federal clerkship.
Many federal judges list their law clerk hiring information on OSCAR, the federal law clerk hiring website operated by the U.S. Courts (www.oscar.uscourts.gov).
However, not all federal judges use OSCAR—some judges still accept application materials in chambers through regular mail. The CDO maintains a list of the judges in our circuit with information about when they are hiring clerks and how they accept materials. You may also want to send paper applications to judges outside of our circuit. Make an appointment with us to learn more about how to research judges, prepare application materials and determine the optimal application method.
For appellate clerkships, the 10th Circuit also has a law clerk hiring page, which can be helpful (though the information there may not be followed in all cases).
The application time frames for these clerkships vary widely—some judges accept applications during the summer after your 1L year; others collect applications during the 2L year or the summer after the 2L year. Some judges even hire all the way through 3L year. To prepare for this application process you should meet with the CDO in the Spring of your 1L year, so you are prepared to start applying early.
State Appellate Clerkships
The Colorado Supreme Court and the Colorado Court of Appeals offers clerkships with justices and judges on both appellate courts. Most other states also have two levels of appellate courts (though the names vary; be sure to research the courts in the state you are interested in).
For the Colorado Supreme Court, each of the seven Justices publishes judicial clerkship hiring procedures online.
Most Justices accept applications early in the 2L Spring semester, interview in the late spring or during the summer after your 2L year, and have hired by September or October of your 3L year, but double check to make sure that no one is accepting applications early! Some Justices may accept applications earlier in your 2L year.
For the Colorado Court of Appeals, which consists of 22 judges, each judge publishes judicial clerkship hiring procedures online.
The procedures listed on this site are helpful to give you an idea of which judges are accepting applications and when their deadlines are (usually the deadlines fall in the spring of your 2L year, the summer after your 2L year, or the fall semester of your 3L year; rarely there is a deadline early in the spring semester of your 3L year).Because judges sometimes accept applications ahead of the posted application window, we recommend that you apply as early as possible, starting in the spring semester of your 2L year.
If a judge’s hiring procedures are not listed on the website, contact the CDO and we will help you learn more about when to apply. Some judges hire for one-year terms, and some hire for two-year terms. Clerkships generally start in September.
If you are looking at state appellate clerkships outside of Colorado, Courts may hire as early as the fall semester of your 2L year and as late as the fall of your 3L year. The best way to find out what the hiring practices are in a particular state is through the Judicial Clerkship Guide published by Vermont Law School. DU subscribes to this guide and you can get our password from the CDO. You may also want to review the NALP publication on state court clerkships. You can also contact individual courts and ask them about their timelines.
State Court Trial Clerkships
Colorado District Court clerkships are generally posted as they become available under the Careers Tab, in “Career Opportunities,” on the Colorado Judicial Branch website.
You should start watching for state trial clerkship positions in Colorado between December and January of your 3L year. Boulder District Court hires on an annual cycle—usually posting in December or January. Ft. Collins generally posts some clerkship positions in the Spring of the 3L year. Other courts hire as needed and those positions are generally available after graduation.
If you are looking at state clerkships outside of Colorado, courts may hire as early as the fall semester of your 2L year, through your 3L year (and beyond). The best way to find out what the hiring practices are in a particular state is through the Judicial Clerkship Guide published by Vermont Law School. DU subscribes to this guide and you can get our password from the CDO. You may also want to review the NALP publication on state court clerkships.
To determine what to send with your application, always review the judge’s individual requirements. Send what is asked for.
In general, your application should include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, a copy of your unofficial transcript, and 3 letters of recommendation*.
*You should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample for State District Court applications, even though the website only asks you to fill out a State of Colorado application. If you have your transcript and letters of recommendation, you may also send those. Put all of your documents in one PDF.
Be prepared in advance! Have your 8.5” x 11” manila envelopes and address labels ready with the following materials:
- Cover Letter on resume paper (personalized to each judge) – contact CDO for assistance
- Resume on matching resume paper – contact CDO for assistance
- Three letters of recommendation (unless they are being sent under separate cover). See protocol for faculty recommendation letters.
- Writing Sample – on regular paper
Resume and Cover Letter
Please refer to the Career Development Handbook for information on resume writing. You should utilize the CDO for individual consultations to discuss your resume in more detail.
For information on writing a cover letter, see the section on cover letters in our Career Handbook.
Your cover letter should explain why you are seeking this clerkship and what skills you have to offer to the judge. Explain why you are the best candidate for the job by showing rather than telling (describe the experience and skill set you have that prepared you for this position). Here are some essential tips:
- Make certain the letter is well written and no longer than one page.
- Do not write a terse, formal letter. Tell something about yourself. Judges often like to hire people who have something interesting in their backgrounds.
- Highlight your strengths in the cover letter. Do not just restate your resume—discuss your strengths. First and foremost, emphasize your writing skills. This is particularly crucial if you are not on the Law Review or another journal. If you are applying to a court that does specialized work, emphasize your skills in that area.
- To the extent you have a particular reason for applying to the judge, state it.
- Letters sent to other geographic areas should state a reason, if you have one, for wanting to live in that region. Also, indicate you will be in the area on a certain date for an interview, should an interview be necessary. You should communicate you will be willing to absorb the expenses associated with travel. Judges do not have funds to cover travel expenses.
- Do not use platitudes, hyperbole or cliché in your cover letter. Judges see hundreds of cover letters and are turned off immediately by anything remotely resembling exaggeration, boastfulness, insincere flattery, etc. Highlight your strengths but do not be tempted to oversell yourself!
- Your cover letter is your first writing sample and must be completely error-free. If it is not well written or contains typos, your application will be rejected immediately.
- Be sure to address the letter properly. See the clerkships section of the career handbook for a chart on how to address letters to judges.
You should utilize the CDO for individual consultations to discuss your cover letter.
Ideally, use a non-1L work product from a job, externship or upper-level writing class. Most judges prefer a memo or a brief written in the IRAC format. Avoid memos or briefs prepared for your Lawyering Process class because they were written in an early phase of your development as a legal writer and do not necessarily represent your capabilities after your second year of law school. If you are applying after your 2L year, judges may see the submission of a first-year brief as a red flag that you have not done any meaningful writing since the first year.
If you are using a sample from work, get permission from your employer. Concerns about confidentiality or litigation strategy may make it inappropriate to submit some work products as writing samples. If the employer gives you permission, you should block out all identifying names and case numbers. Be sure to give the employer advance notice you would like to use something as a writing sample in case it takes some time to secure approval. Sometimes it is better to insert fictional names for parties instead of blocking them all out; the reader will have an easier task of reading the brief.
Generally, it is best not to use law review/journal article or academic paper (but a published article may serve as a good supplemental sample).
Your sample should ideally be 5-7 pages + cover sheet.
Utilize Denver Law’s Writing Clinic and professors if you would like a substantive review of your writing sample.
Writing is a critical element of a judicial clerkship. Thus, judges generally place great emphasis on the writing sample. Your writing sample should be chosen carefully. It should be well written and well organized. Judges will evaluate the writing sample to determine not only how well you write, but also how well you can analyze and organize the issues.
- It is better if your memo addresses one issue in depth, rather than several issues superficially.
- Do not submit a writing sample with errors. Edit, proofread, and proofread again!
- You should not submit work that has been heavily edited by another person.
- Include substantial case analysis: Your writing sample should discuss case law and its application to a legal problem. This does not mean simply listing a few cases and stating their holdings. It should involve a more developed analysis of how the cases are similar to or different from the case at hand, and why.
- Choose more complex issues over simple ones: If you are trying to decide which part of a larger memo to excerpt for your writing sample, it is probably better to choose a section that discusses a relatively complex issue. This gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to work with precedents, distinguish or harmonize them, and apply them to the facts in your case.
Prepare a cover sheet for your writing sample that includes any necessary explanations or clarifications. For example, you might explain that your writing sample consists of just one of three issues that were covered in a brief or memorandum. This may help provide a context in which the judge can view your excerpt. You may also wish to include a short description of the facts underlying the legal problem or problems analyzed in your sample. Finally, explain any redactions and clarify that the writing sample is your unedited (or at least not substantially edited) work.
Letters of Recommendation
Students need at least 3 letters of recommendation from professors and/or employers and should ask for these well in advance of application deadlines.
To request letters from Denver Law Faculty, follow the protocol described.
Best option when collecting letters for mailed applications: Get letters from your recommenders in sealed envelopes to include in your packet. Judges prefer to receive all application materials in one packet.
- NOTE: If letters are given to you unsealed, include as given (do not seal).
Alternatively: Recommender can mail letters directly to judges to whom you are applying in which case you should offer to provide postage and envelopes. Indicate in the cover letter who will be writing letters of recommendation on your behalf, and that these letters of recommendation will arrive under separate cover if you haven’t included them with your packet of materials.
Addressing letters of recommendation:
- For faculty, follow the protocol.
- For prior employers, you have three options:
- Send recommenders a spreadsheet with addresses/titles for a mail merge resulting in letters personally addressed to each judge. If you need help creating this, contact the Office of Career Development & Opportunities for help.
- Get a Word copy of the letter from recommenders and do the mail merge yourself.
- Have your recommenders address all letters to “To Whom It May Concern” (last resort)
Selecting your Recommenders
In general, you should select people who know you and are well acquainted with your writing and analytical abilities. You need to schedule a meeting to get to know any professor who does not know you well.
Consider asking individuals who know the judge. This is very helpful because judges take these letters more seriously.
Ask lawyers for whom you have worked.
Prepare a packet of materials to give to the people who have agreed to write a letter of recommendation. The packet should include copies of your resume, transcript, and writing samples. Even people who are well-acquainted with you and your abilities will appreciate being able to refer to specifics contained in these materials.
Order your undergraduate transcript well in advance, as some judges will request both your undergraduate and law school transcripts.
For most judges, an unofficial transcript is fine, but you may want to request an official transcript ahead of time just in case. For information on Denver Law transcripts, see the University of Denver's Registrar’s web page.
Meet as many judges as possible by attending events and activities.
- Watch the CDO blog for information on judicial panels and events at Denver law, as well as on-campus and outside events with judges.
- Consider applying to intern with a judge during the summer after your 1L year.
Build relationships with your professors so they will be able to write detailed letters of recommendation for your clerkship applications
- Judges look for strong legal research and writing skills; get to know your LP professor.
Meet with the CDO about your clerkship application plans. Recently, there has been a trend in the federal courts toward early hiring—those judges may hire as early as summer after 1L year, so meet with CDO now to prepare for the application process.
- During this meeting, we can identify the courts you want to apply to, determine your timeline, discuss application materials, and refer you to current and former clerks.
Join one of the 7 Inns of Court in Denver to meet judges.
Summer After 1L Year
Apply for competitive federal clerkships. The most competitive federal clerkships start hiring as early as the summer after your 1L year for post graduate clerkships!
- If you are seeking a federal clerkship, you should start getting your materials together, and possibly applying, the summer after your 1L year.
- The CDO is open all summer to help!
Continue to build relationships with your professors.
- Be sure to request letters of recommendation with plenty of advanced notice, prior to your application.
Meet with the CDO to plan your clerkship search. Even if you have not applied for some federal clerkships over the summer, there are lots of federal and state clerkships you can still apply for during the 2L and 3L year, and we are here to help!
Apply for federal clerkships. Many federal judges will be accepting applications during the fall of your 2L year.
Review the deadlines for Colorado Supreme Court applications. Each Justice publishes judicial clerkship hiring procedures online.
- Most Justices interview the Spring of your 2L year, and have hired by Spring or early Summer of your 2L year, but double check to make sure that no one is accepting applications early!
Review the deadlines for state court appellate clerkships outside of Colorado (and apply!).
- If you are looking at state court clerkships outside of Colorado, Courts may hire as early as the fall semester of your 2L year, or may hire in the Spring of your 2L year or even into the 3L year.
- The best way to find out what the hiring practices are in a particular state is through the Judicial Clerkship Guide published by Vermont Law School. DU subscribes to this guide and you can get our password from the CDO.
Apply for federal clerkships. Some federal judges will be accepting applications during the spring of your 2L year.
Apply for Colorado Supreme Court clerkships. Each Justice publishes judicial clerkship hiring procedures online.
- Generally, we advise applying in February after receiving fall 2L grades.
Apply for state court appellate and some district/trial court clerkships outside of Colorado.
- These courts may hire as early as the fall semester of your 2L year, but many hire in the Spring of your 2L year. The best way to find out about hiring practices in a particular state is through the Judicial Clerkship Guide published by Vermont Law School. DU subscribes to this guide and you can get our password from the CDO.
Apply for Colorado Court of Appeals clerkships.
- Most Colorado Court of Appeals Judges accept applications during Spring of the 2L year. Most interview over the summer and early fall, so it is a good idea to get your application in well in advance of that deadline. You can supplement your application with second semester grades when you receive them.
- Note: While the website indicates that you must have completed four semesters of law school to apply to the Court of Appeals, most judges accept applications prior to the end of your 2L year.
Summer after 2L Year
Supplement any pending applications with an updated transcript that includes your updated grades and ranking.
Continue to apply for federal clerkships. Some federal judges will be accepting applications during this summer.
Apply for Colorado Supreme Court clerkships and Colorado Court of Appeals clerkships, if you have not already. Some Judges may still be accepting applications. See information above.
Apply for state court clerkships outside of Colorado. These courts may hire during your 2L year, but many will be hiring in the summer. See the Judicial Clerkship Guide published by Vermont Law School.
Fall and Spring
Continue to apply for Colorado Supreme Court, Colorado Court of Appeals, out of state clerkships, and Federal Clerkships. Some Judges and Justices may still be hiring. See information above.
Begin looking for Colorado State District Court clerkships (trial level clerkships).
- Boulder District Court hires on an annual cycle, usually posting in December or January.
- Ft. Collins District Court posts some clerkship positions in the Spring of 3L year.
- Other courts hire as needed and those positions often arise after graduation. Positions are posted under the Careers Tab, in “Career Opportunities,” on the Colorado Judicial Branch website.
Many state-level trial court clerkships hire after graduation.
- In Colorado, most trial courts hire as needed. Positions are posted under the Careers Tab, in “Career Opportunities,” on the Colorado Judicial Branch website. Watch this website for new opportunities after graduation.
- For state-level trial court clerkships outside Colorado, consult the Judicial Clerkship Guide published by Vermont Law School.
The CDO is still here to help you with applications!
Online Clerkship Resources
- American Judicature Society
- Colorado State Courts
- Federal Judicial Center Website
- Provides biographical information for judges in the Federal Judiciary
- Federal Judiciary Homepage
This website offers general information about the US Courts including publications, directories, news and information
- Federal Judicial Nominations Page
- Judicial Clerkships
Information and advice on judicial clerkships as well as a forum for law clerks and links to the best on-line clerkship resources
- Law Clerks at the Colorado Court of Appeals
Learn which judges are hiring and when
- National Center for State Courts
Links to state, federal and international courts, also include job announcements for court positions
- OSCAR (Online System for Clerkship Application and Review)
Many federal judges require applications via OSCAR. This is the official federal clerkship application system.
- Third Branch
Monthly publication of the Federal Judiciary that includes nomination and retirement information for Federal Judges as well as news articles regarding the Federal Judiciary.
- Vermont School Guide to State Judicial Clerkships
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- U.S. Court of Appeals, 1st Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 10th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. Court of International Trade
- U.S. Court of Federal Claims
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
- U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Tax Court
General Legal Employment
- ABA Career Counsel
Information and frequently asked questions about finding jobs in the legal profession. Includes job postings and links to Careerbuilder.com for more information on all legal internships, clerkships, and other employment opportunities. Also offers interesting articles on career enhancement.
Looking out-of state? The Office of Career Development has recently joined a consortium of law schools around the country who are willing to share their respective job databases.
- Chronicle of Higher Education Career Network
- Colorado Attorney Search
- Denver Bar Association Job Announcements
Database of Denver/Front Range attorney and legal staff job postings
Website has resources for the public, small businesses, and legal professionals as well as current news. Legal Career Center allows jobseekers to search for positions by location or practice area.
Click on “jobs.” This site is a great resource for several law-related sites
- Hieros Gamos Legal Employment Center
This legal website includes a legal and lawyer employment center with many helpful articles and tips on job hunting, changing jobs, resumes, and interviews.
- Informational Interviewing
A comprehensive tutorial offered by quintcareers.com. An informational interview should be an integral part of your networking and job-hunting plan. An informational interview involves talking with people who are currently working in the field to gain a better understanding of an occupation or industry – and to build a network of contacts in that field.
- JuJu Job Search Engine
Click on the “legal jobs” button to locate nearly 3000 legal jobs — all over the country. Includes a wide range of practice areas in entry-level and paralegal positions as well as in-house counsel jobs and higher-level opportunities.
- LawInfo Career Center
The LawInfo Career Center is a website where job seekers can post resumes, and create up to five legal job match agents that notify you when a job is posted that matches your search criteria. Registration is free.
Website offers a job board with high tech capabilities and also includes excellent hiring trends information.
Website allows job seekers to post resumes, search jobs and apply online. It also has resources on career advancement, networking and other law-related topics. Job seekers can search positions by location or practice area.
- Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator
Information about attorneys and law firms around the world
- National Association for Legal Career Professionals
NALP is dedicated to facilitating legal career counseling and planning, recruitment and retention, and the professional development of law students and lawyers. Diversity resource center, Career toolkit, and information about opportunities with government, clerkships, and in public interest law.
No password needed. Click on “Public Services Initiatives” to access the Federal Legal Employment Opportunities, or PSLAWNET, click on “Directories” for Directory of Legal Employers, or “Career Paths and Resources” for other helpful information.
- RCJobs (Roll Call Jobs)
An excellent resource for jobs on Capital Hill in Washington, DC.
Website allows job seekers to post resumes, cover letters, writing samples, and create profiles for submission to subscribing employers free of charge. It also allows job seekers to network with each other, search an employer database, and see statistics about how many times their profile has been viewed.
An excellent legal research site.
- Westlaw Jobs Online
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Click on “Career and Professional Life” for information on summer positions, special programs for fellowships, honors programs, and judicial clerkships. Programs available nationwide and abroad. Law students can also sign-up to receive JD Carrer Alerts.
- ABA Career Counsel