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  • Types of Courts

    October 20, 2022

    Clerks have much the same experience across the various types of courts, but there are some distinguishing features by type of court as described below.

  • Researching Judges as Supervisors

    October 20, 2022

    After you have generated a potential list of judges, research the judges individually to ensure you would be comfortable working for any of the final…

  • Positioning Yourself for Clerkship Applications

    October 20, 2022

    Law students can do a number of things to position themselves well to apply for clerkships. Overall, it’s helpful to develop good legal experience through…

  • Number, Mix, and Waves of Judges

    October 20, 2022

    Number of Judges   When deciding how many judges to target, consider factors such as:  The strength of your credentialsWhether your recommenders have any specified limits on…

  • Lists of HLS Clerks

    October 20, 2022

    ***************************************************************************************************** CONFIDENTIAL FOR USE ONLY BY HLS CLERKSHIP APPLICANTS AND CLERKS.
    Please be careful NOT to share this information with judges, friends at other schools,…

  • International Court of Justice Judicial Fellows Programme

    October 20, 2022

    Harvard Law School (HLS) is one of the law schools invited to nominate a candidate for the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Judicial Fellows Programme…

  • International Clerkships

    October 20, 2022

    Most Harvard applicants focus on clerkships in the United States, but another option is to go global to domestic courts of other nations or international…

  • Initial List of Judges

    October 20, 2022

    After you made some initial decisions in Step 1: Develop Strategy, next generate an initial list of judges who meet your criteria. By Type of…

  • Importance of Researching Judges

    October 20, 2022

    Researching judges as individual, potential employers before you submit applications is important, after you have considered more general factors (i.e., geography, type of court, type of judge). …

  • Geographic Considerations for Clerkships

    October 20, 2022

    Think as broadly as possible about where to clerk, for both personal and strategic reasons. The job is similar regardless of location. Cost of Living  Salaries vary…

  • Financial Factors for Clerking

    October 20, 2022

    Financial Assistance for Clerkship Applications Expenses related to the clerkship application process include printing and mailing paper applications, formal professional attire for interviews, and possible…

  • Factors to Consider about Individual Judges

    October 20, 2022

    By this stage in developing your clerkship strategy, you have considered geography, as well as types of courts and judges.  It is now time to…

  • Evaluate Strategy Versus Grade Profile

    October 20, 2022

    By addressing grades, we do not mean to suggest they are the “be-all-end-all” factor that determines success. We know some applicants with mediocre grades who…

  • Developing Faculty Recommendations

    October 20, 2022

    One of Harvard Law School’s greatest assets is its faculty, and one of the best ways to engage in the law school experience is by…

  • Considering Clerkships as a Transfer Student

    October 20, 2022

    Transfer students face some unique benefits and challenges in the clerkship landscape. On the plus side, you must have had strong 1L grades and recommendations…

  • Clerkships Without U.S. Citizenship

    October 20, 2022

    International students and alumni without U.S. citizenship have various clerkship options. First, it is helpful to understand the main restriction. Noncitizens are prohibited from being paid as federal employees…