New Federal Law Clerk Hiring Pilot Program

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On February 28, a new Federal Law Clerk Hiring Pilot Program was announced for students in the class of 2020. To date, the DC, 2nd, and 7th Circuits have announced they have adopted the new plan. As set forth in the plan which is copied below, judges will not hire students in the class of 2020 until June 17, 2019.

We will update you as we have additional information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


Federal Law Clerk Hiring Program Pilot

February 2018

Starting with students who entered law school in 2017, the application and hiring process will not begin until after a law student’s second year.

For students who entered law school in 2017 (graduating class of 2020)

Judges will not seek or accept formal or informal clerkship applications, seek or accept formal or informal recommendations, conduct formal or informal interviews, or make formal or informal offers before June 17, 2019.

For students who enter law school in 2018 (graduating class of 2021)

Judges will not seek or accept formal or informal clerkship applications, seek or accept formal or informal recommendations, conduct formal or informal interviews, or make formal or informal offers before June 15, 2020.

A judge who makes a clerkship offer will keep it open for at least 48 hours, during which time the applicant will be free to interview with other judges.

This is a two-year pilot plan. Participating judges will reconsider their participation after June 2020.

This plan is posted on the OSCAR website at: https://oscar.uscourts.gov/federal_law_clerk_hiring_pilot

 

Announcement of Changes to OSCAR Access Dates

To complement the two-year pilot Law Clerk Hiring Plan established by the Ad Hoc Committee on Law Clerk Hiring, access to the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR) will be as follows.

Class of 2020: Law school students will gain access to OSCAR on February 6, 2019, to register for an account, upload documents, search for clerkship positions, and build online applications. The system will store these applications and release them to judges on June 17, 2019.

Class of 2021: Law school students will gain access to OSCAR on February 5, 2020, to register for an account, upload documents, search for clerkship positions, and build online applications. The system will store these applications and release them to judges on June 15, 2020.

 

These changes do not affect law clerk hiring for applicants of the Class of 2019 and earlier classes.  Judges can continue to post their positions in OSCAR and receive online applications.  In addition, the application release dates for the classes of 2020 and 2021 do not affect staff attorney applications.

Posted in: 1L, JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS.