Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan Extended for Two Years

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On October 2, the federal judiciary announced that the Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan has been extended for two additional years. As set forth in the plan, which is copied below, federal judges will not accept applications from students in the JD Class of 2022 before 12:00 pm EDT on June 14, 2021.


FEDERAL LAW CLERK HIRING PLAN, 3rd AND 4th PILOT YEARS

Updated December 14, 2020

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 2019 (graduating class of 2022)

Judges will not seek or accept formal or informal clerkship applications, or seek or accept formal or informal recommendations, before 12:00 pm EDT on June 14, 2021. Judges also will not directly or indirectly contact applicants, or schedule or conduct formal or informal interviews, or make formal or informal offers, before 12:00 pm EDT on June 15, 2021.

For students who entered law school in 2020 (graduating class of 2023)

Judges will not seek or accept formal or informal clerkship applications, or seek or accept formal or informal recommendations, before 12:00 pm EDT on June 13, 2022. Judges also will not directly or indirectly contact applicants, or schedule or conduct formal or informal interviews, or make formal or informal offers, before 12:00 pm EDT on June 14, 2022.

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 extension of the original pilot plan. Participating judges will reconsider their participation after June 2022. After June 2021, participating judges will reconsider the length of time a clerkship offer must remain open.

 

OSCAR ACCESS DATES

Applicants from the graduating classes of 2022 and 2023 gain access to OSCAR to register for an account, upload documents, search for positions, and build applications on the dates listed below:

For students who entered law school in 2019 (graduating class of 2022)

Applicants gain access to OSCAR on February 3, 2021 at 8 am EST.

For students who entered law school in 2020 (graduating class of 2023)

Applicants gain access to OSCAR on February 2, 2022 at 8 am EST.

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