"It is the best way to learn the law. You can learn more in one year of clerking than you learn in eight years of practicing at a firm."
Explore Judicial Clerkships
Why clerk? Serving as a judicial law clerk is a unique professional opportunity. A clerkship also often results in a relationship with a judge that will have enduring personal and professional value, and access to a network that can include current and former clerks, other judicial personnel and lawyers. Finally, clerking can be great fun and enormously satisfying.
University of Richmond School of Law graduates have an enviable record of success, securing among the highest percentage of judicial clerkships in the country. Recent graduates and seasoned alumni clerk at the federal, state appellate, and state circuit court levels.
The Career Development Office and faculty Judicial Clerkship Committee (Professors Kristen Osenga - Chair, Carl Tobias, and Rachel Suddarth) provide guidance in the judicial clerkship application process. Insterested students should contact us for more information about judicial clerkships.
Interested first-year and second-year students may want to pursue summer judicial internships or school-year clinical placements with judges as valuable experiences that may assist students in preparing for the role of a judicial clerk.
The process of applying for clerkships begins with making an appointment with Valerie L'Herrou, the clerkship advisor in the Career Development Office.
* UR login required
- 2015 Clerkship Application Timeline
- The Nuts & Bolts of Applying for Judical Clerkships: How to Apply for Federal and State Clerkships
- Judicial Clerkships Guide*
- The Guide to State Judicial Clerkships (contact the Career Development Office for login information)
- Alternative Clerkship Opportunities
- Judicial Internships Guide
- Mailing Clerkship Applications
- How to Address Judges
- Frequently Asked Questions about Judicial Clerkships
- Clerkship Interview Summary Compilation* - summaries of past interviews with judges
- Clerkship Interviewing Tips*
- Sample Clerkship Interview Questions*
- Obtaining a Good Clerkship Recommendation*
- Tips for Non-Faculty Recommenders*
- Richmond Law Alumni Clerks*
- The Judicial Clerkship Interest Program (Nov. 8, 2013: Prof. Jones, Prof. Tobias, Ashley Peterson, Andrew Fulwider)*
- Judges' Perspectives on Judicial Clerkships (Jan. 31, 2014)*
- Judicial Clerkship Interview Program – with current and former clerks (Feb. 21, 2014)*
- Webinar: Nuts & Bolts of Applying for a Clerkship*
Directories, Spreadsheets, and Who's Hiring
- Virginia Federal Judges Hiring Information*
- Virginia Appellate Judges Hiring Information*
- West Virginia Federal Judges Hiring Information*
- Federal Administrative Law Judge Clerkships – list of clerkship opportunities with federal Administrative Law Judges (updated August 2013)
- State Circuit Court Clerkships - state court clerkship opportunities with anticipated application dates*
- Check Symplicity before applying
- Some of these courts participate in on-campus interviewing (OCI) and most will be posted in Symplicity
- Some request a list of recommenders instead of letters of recommendation; please work with CDO if you need letters of recommendation
Examples and Forms
- Forms of Address – Corresponding with judges
- Sample Judge List Spreadsheet - sample spreadsheet to submit to CDO for letter generation
- Sample Cover Letter
- Sample Resume #1 - bullet point format
- Sample Resume #2 - paragraph format
- Sample Writing Sample Cover Sheet*
- Sample Post-Interview Thank You Letter
- Clerkship Interview Travel Reimbursements*
- Faculty Recommender Form* - email or drop off to the CDO
- Faculty Recommendation FERPA Waiver Form* - submit one per faculty recommender, to the CDO