Judicial Clerkships

Judicial clerkships are an excellent way to gain valuable experience and are often highly regarded by prospective employers.  Judicial clerkships may be one- or two-year appointments.

Judicial Clerkship Application Period

Third-year Bowen law students may submit applications for federal judicial clerkships no sooner than the Wednesday after Labor Day in the fall of your year of graduation. Applications of third-year students submitted by U.S. Mail must be postmarked no earlier than Wednesday after Labor Day. However, Bowen graduates may submit applications  whenever openings are announced.

The Career Services staff annually surveys all chambers within the state to determine their staffing needs and application time lines. For both the Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, rotating judges usually encourage an early fall application following closely the time line established by OSCAR and the U.S. Administrative Office of the Courts. For current year Arkansas clerkship openings and general information, check the Document Library.

Public Service Externship

Externship opportunities include law student assignments with judges on the Arkansas Supreme Court, the United States District Court, and the United States Bankruptcy Court.

Helpful Internet Resources

OSCAR: The Online System for Clerkship Application & Review is the centralized site for announcements about federal clerkship openings and is a comprehensive source of general information on federal clerkships. OSCAR communicates hiring plans from judges who accept applications online, judges who accept paper applications only, and judges who have announced they have no current vacancies. NOTE: While OSCAR is designed to accommodate all federal judges, some judges do not list on OSCAR. For a particular judge not listed on OSCAR, you are advised to contact the chambers directly.

Administrative Office of the United States Courts: This website contains helpful information about the federal court system, links to each court’s web site, and the nature of the federal judicial law clerk. Interested in the prestigious Supreme Court Fellows Program? You’ll find more information here. Of general interest perhaps, a national database of federal court vacancies ranging from the bench to clerical assistants, is also found here. Vacancies may be searched by job title or location. You also may obtain information about salaries and benefits for federal positions.

Judicial Clerkships: This website is a for-profit site with information about applying for clerkships. It is run by the former Director of Judicial Clerkship and Counseling at Yale Law School. The Career Resources Library has copies of the book, Behind the Bench: the Guide to Judicial Clerkships, advertised on this site.

Greedy Clerks: Greedy Clerks, part of the FindLaw Career Center, is a web bulletin board where you can post questions (anonymously) about applying for clerkships, how to prepare for clerkships, specific judges, etc.  Try the search function to see past postings on popular topics.

Federal Judicial Center: This site allows you to search the Federal Judges Biographical Database, which contains the service record and biographical information for federal judges dating back to 1789.

National Center for State Courts: This site provides access to websites maintained by state courts nationwide.  Listings cover trial level and appellate courts.

Vermont Law School Guide to State Judicial Clerkship Procedures: This is a subscription-based service which provides some information on all state and trial courts.  Username and password are found in the Document Library.