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  • Meet the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Clerks

    February 10, 2022

    Hear from Michael Fridkin (HLS ’85) and Boanne Wassink (HLS ’20) about the unique advantages of working with multiple judges through the Seventh Circuit Staff Attorneys’ Office.

  • Engaging with Faculty

    October 25, 2021

    Engaging with HLS faculty makes for a more educational and enjoyable law school experience. More concretely, faculty recommendation letters are required in applications for certain types of jobs, including judicial clerkships.  Get insights from a panel of professors about how best to cultivate substantive relationships with them in our current environment.

  • Preview of Clerkship Interviews

    April 19, 2021

    Hear from HLS clerkship advisors and a panel of 3Ls about how to successfully prepare for and navigate potential clerkship interviews. Some discussion will focus on the hiring plan date this summer for current 2Ls, but other students and alumni also will find the basic principles relevant.

  • Meet the Judge: Hon. Thomas Kirsch ‘99, Seventh Circuit

    April 7, 2021

    Among other interesting facts, Judge Kirsch worked as an AUSA, Counsel to the United States Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Policy, partner at Winston & Strawn focusing on complex litigation and corporate investigations, and United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana.

  • Researching Judges

    March 31, 2021

    This step of the clerkship application process probably will take the most time. With many different types of courts and thousands of judges among them, you will need to set some priorities and related parameters for your search.

  • Meet the Justice: Hon. John Couriel ’03, Florida Supreme Court

    March 8, 2021

    Hear firsthand from a member of the judiciary about his background and work. Among other interesting facts, Justice Couriel '03 is a Florida native who has worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. His parents emigrated from Cuba in the 1960s, his father as one of approximately 14,000 unaccompanied minors welcomed to the United States as part of Operation Pedro Pan.

  • Adventure Clerkship Series: Emma Goold ’19 (Arkansas)

    November 11, 2020

    A judicial clerkship can provide a unique opportunity to live and work somewhere new for a limited time, without long-term commitment.

  • Adventure Clerkship Series: Nick Aquart ’19 (Oklahoma and Kentucky)

    November 10, 2020

    A judicial clerkship can provide a unique opportunity to live and work somewhere new for a limited time, without long-term commitment.

  • Adventure Clerkship Series: Steve Salcedo ’16 (Ohio)

    November 4, 2020

    A judicial clerkship can provide a unique opportunity to live and work somewhere new for a limited time, without long-term commitment. In this series of interviews, hear from HLS alums who experienced the personal and professional growth of such an opportunity.

  • Adventure Clerkship Series: Brianna Beswick ’16 (Alaska)

    November 3, 2020

    A judicial clerkship can provide a unique opportunity to live and work somewhere new for a limited time, without long-term commitment. In this series of interviews, hear from HLS alums who experienced the personal and professional growth of such an opportunity.

  • Engaging with Faculty

    October 6, 2020

    Engaging with HLS faculty makes for a more educational and enjoyable law school experience. More concretely, the strength of faculty recommendation letters can make or break applications for certain types of jobs, including judicial clerkships. Get insights from a panel of professors about how best to cultivate substantive relationships with faculty.

  • Tips for Clerkship Interviews

    April 17, 2020

    Hear from HLS clerkship advisors and a panel of 3Ls about how to successfully prepare for and navigate potential clerkship interviews. Some discussion will focus on the hiring plan date this summer for current 2Ls, but 3Ls, alumni, and 1Ls also will find the basic principles relevant.

  • Judicial Clerkship Orientation

    January 30, 2020

    Every student should consider clerking after graduation because the experience can be valuable for the full spectrum of future careers in and out of law. 1Ls, come get a preview of the application process well in advance. 2Ls and 3Ls with new interest in clerking also may benefit from this overview.

  • Judicial Clerks Panel

    November 20, 2019

    Why would you want to clerk? What do clerks actually do? How does the job vary by type of court and judge? Why and how should you research judges in advance? What does the application process look like from the inside? How can you make the most of a clerkship once you have one? Hear the answers to these questions and more from recent clerks. For 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs at any stage of thinking about clerkships.

  • Adventure Clerkships

    September 23, 2019

    A judicial clerkship can provide a unique opportunity to work and live somewhere new for a limited time, without long-term commitment. Using the Alaska Supreme Court as a prime example, listen to folks who experienced the personal and professional growth of such an opportunity.

  • Tips for Clerkship Interviews

    April 3, 2019

    Hear from HLS clerkship advisors and a panel of 3Ls about how to successfully prepare for and navigate potential clerkship interviews. Some discussion will focus on the hiring plan date this summer for current 2Ls, but 3Ls will find the basic principles also relevant.

  • Lure of Chambers: Panel of Judicial Clerks

    October 19, 2017

    Why would you want to clerk? What do clerks actually do? How does the job vary by type of court and judge? What does the application process look like from the inside? How can you make the most of a clerkship once you have one? Learn the answers to these questions and more from recent clerks. (For 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs at any stage of thinking about clerkships.)

  • Perspectives from the Judiciary

    April 10, 2017

    Hear a distinguished panel of judges discuss reflections on the job itself, paths to becoming a judge, and benefits of clerkships, all with a unique…

  • Engaging with Faculty

    October 24, 2016

    Engaging with HLS faculty makes for a more educational and enjoyable law school experience. More concretely, the strength of faculty recommendation letters can make or…

  • The Lure of Chambers

    September 22, 2016

    Why should you want to clerk? What do clerks actually do? How does the job vary by type of court and judge? What does the application process look like from the inside? How can you make the most of a clerkship once you have one? Learn the answers to these questions and more from recent clerks. This program is for everyone, 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs, at any stage of thinking about clerkships.

  • Why Everyone Should Consider a Judicial Clerkship 2006

    June 28, 2016

    Have you considered applying for a judicial clerkship?  If not, why not?  Come hear distinguished panelists describe how their own clerkship experiences impacted their subsequent…

  • Applying for Clerkships

    March 8, 2016

    While traditionally the majority of people who clerk do so straight out of law school, some choose to clerk later. In fact, some judges prefer…

  • State Clerkships

    March 3, 2016

    State courts can offer fantastic clerkships. Every year, new HLS grads set out to gain experience (and adventure!) in state courts across the country. A…

  • Successful Later Searches

    December 2, 2015

    For inspiration with your clerkship search, listen to a panel of 3Ls who secured clerkships later in their law school careers for one reason or another.

  • Engaging with Faculty

    November 21, 2015

    For judicial clerkships and certain other jobs, the strength of faculty recommendation letters can make or break an application. Even aside from those concrete needs, engaging with HLS faculty also makes for a more educational and enjoyable law school experience. Hear tips from a panel of popular professors about how best to cultivate substantive relationships with faculty. This program is designed especially for 1Ls but also may be beneficial to other students.

  • Clerkships at the U.S. Supreme Court

    November 2, 2015

    HLS Professors and former SCOTUS Clerks Andrew Crespo and Daphna Renan will address the job itself, positioning yourself in advance, strategies for putting together the…

  • The Lure of Chambers

    October 14, 2015

    Moderated by: Kirsten Solberg, Director of Judicial Clerkships Why should you want to clerk? What do clerks actually do? How does the job vary by…

  • Leveraging Judicial Clerkships for Future Success

    March 30, 2015

    Listen to distinguished attorneys discuss the role judicial clerkships played in their subsequent career paths and how to succeed on the job within a clerkship.

  • WLA Presents: All about Clerkships for Public Interest Careers

    October 28, 2014

  • Engaging with HLS Faculty

    October 22, 2014

    For judicial clerkships and certain other jobs, the strength of faculty recommendation letters can make or break an application. Even aside from those concrete needs,…

  • The Lure of Chambers: Panel of Judicial Clerks

    October 8, 2014

    Why should you want to clerk? What do clerks actually do? How does the job vary by type of court and judge? What does the…

  • All About Clerkships for Public Interest Careers

    November 20, 2013

    The Women’s Law Association presents a panel discussion with current and former students and career advisors on how to approach the clerkship application process and…

  • Bankruptcy Clerkship with Matthew Hutchins

    August 13, 2013

    Matthew Hutchins ’10 reflects on his bankruptcy clerkship from his perspective as a corporate associate at Skadden, in this interview by Jillian.

  • Magistrate Judges

    June 14, 2012

    Abram interviews two magistrate judges about what they do and their clerkship opportunities. HLS OCS ·…

  • Clerkship Interview Strategy

    April 5, 2012

    Unlike EIP, clerkship interviews are not assigned through a lottery, and applicants cannot collect offers to consider simultaneously. The rolling nature of the season demands…

  • Strategically Creating Your Judge List

    July 13, 2011

    Kirsten Solberg, Director of Judicial Clerkships Kirsten Solberg addresses starting with factors like appellate vs. district, federal vs. state, location, and level of competition;…

  • US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces

    April 18, 2011

    An HLS clerk from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces describes his experience there. (Released 7/14/11, and taken from an earlier panel…

  • Lessons from the Bench with Judge Robert Bacharach of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

    February 22, 2011


    Judge Robert Edwin Bacharach, United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit Judge Bacharach of the 10th Circuit was here for a discussion…

  • Meet the Judge- Susan Braden, U.S. Court of Federal Claims

    February 22, 2011

    Judge Susan Braden, The U.S. Court of Federal Claims Hear from a sitting judge about a clerkship or summer internship option that may not yet…

  • Why Everyone Should Consider a Clerkship

    October 21, 2010

    All students should at least consider clerking. The job itself can be thrilling, and the credential tends to be valued by the full spectrum of…

  • Meet the Judge – Susan Braden

    February 3, 2009

    Judge Susan Braden, U.S. Court of Federal Claims People are flocking to Washington, DC, these days for obvious reasons. Hear from a sitting judge about…

  • Why Everyone Should Consider a Judicial Clerkship 2009

    November 14, 2008

    In this day and age, all students should at least consider clerking. The job itself can be thrilling, and the credential tends to be valued…

  • Unlikely Clerkship Panel 2007 (Video)

    February 9, 2007

    Panelists The panelists were: Alyson Allen ’88
    Partner, Debt Finance, Bankruptcy & Business Restructuring Groups
    Ropes & Gray, Boston
    Clerked for Judge Walter Jay Skinner, D. Mass., Boston…