During your 1L and 2L year, meet as many judges as possible by participating in the following events or activities:
Attend 'Judges Day' at the law school, held in April every year
Intern or volunteer with a judge
Join one of the 7 Inns of Court (www.innsofcourt.org) in Denver to meet judges and practicing attorneys
Join the CBA as a student member. It's FREE for students (www.cobar.org). Sign up for the Judiciary Section, which is open to judges and lawyers; attend meetings and luncheons
Organize a speaker event or competition involving judges and invite judges to attend and participate
Visit courtrooms and observe proceedings
Network your way to personal introductions to judges by
contacting alumni through the Alumni Career Network who previously worked for judges in judicial clerkships
consulting with your professors, previous or current employers and colleagues, fellow students, and other attorneys that you meet
attending Law Stars and PALS brunches and dinners and meeting practicing attorneys who know judges
During the second semester of your 1L year or first semester of your 2L year, register with the Career Development Center and get a packet of information regarding applying for Judicial Clerkships. Review these materials, and talk with one of the CDC Career Consultants about Judicial Clerkships.
During your 2L year, attend the workshops offered by the CDC and faculty members regarding Judicial Clerkships. Workshops feature a panel of judges (state and federal, trial and appellate) in the fall, a panel of current judicial law clerks who speak about what it is like to be a judicial law clerk on Judges Day in April, and the mechanics of applying for judicial clerkships in April. You will receive emails about these events but you can also access the 'Events Calendar' on the Career Development web page to check for scheduled events. If you miss any of these presentations, watch them on streaming video, available on the Career Development website under 'Events and Videos.'
During your 2L year, meet with your assigned faculty member on the Judicial Clerkship Committee to work on your application materials and discuss strategies in applying for clerkships. They usually want to meet with you after you have met with a Career Consultant in the CDC and when your resume and cover letter have been reviewed.
During your 2L year, begin researching courts and judges and identifying those judges with whom you are interested in clerking. Use the resources listed in the Chapter on Judicial Clerkships to perform research. For federal judges, always start with OSCAR. For more information go to http://oscar.dcd.uscourts.gov. For state court judges, use the Vermont Guide available online at www.vermontlaw.edu/careers/judicial-clerkship-guide (get passwords from CDC).
During your 1L and 2L years, develop relationships with your professors so they will be able to write detailed letters of recommendation for you.
During your 2L year, find an opportunity to create a great writing sample. Try not to be in a position where all you have is your first year LP paper. Thus, you should take an upper-level writing class that has a writing requirement (that analyzes legal cases and shows your ability to analyze legal issues and write about them). Also consider working for one of the law professors as a research assistant. This is beneficial because you will develop a more in-depth relationship with a professor who can then write a great recommendation for you. Alternatively, seek out employment opportunities where you can develop a good writing sample during the course of your employment.
In the spring and early summer of your 2L year, finalize your application materials and the list of judges to whom you plan to apply. Once you receive your grades from your second year, begin sending applications to judges depending on their application deadlines.
Notify the CDC, as well as the law professor you have been working with in the application process, when you receive a request for an interview with any judge. Work with the law professor and/or the CDC to prepare for the interview.
Notify the CDC and the professor you have been working with as soon as you accept any judicial clerkship.
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University of Denver
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