Judicial Clerkships

"Should you seek a clerkship – YES and double yes! Unless and until you become a judge yourself, you will never have the opportunity to see into the process of judicial decision making that a clerkship affords you. Not only will this intensive year or two hone your legal skills, it will also help you understand how and why decisions are made as they are. That insider knowledge will benefit you for the rest of your career, regardless of the path it takes from there. In short: just do it. You’ll love it."
Dean Kellye Testy

Getting Started

A judicial clerkship is a highly rewarding and intellectually satisfying job. Judicial clerks sharpen their research and writing skills; they are exposed to a variety of legal issues; and they gain insight into the entire litigation process.

The University of Washington Law School supports our students and alumni in seeking judicial clerkships through informative programming, individual advising, networking opportunities, and application support.
To ensure you are well prepared for the clerkship application process, follow the steps below.

  1. Sign up for your class-specific clerkship list.
  2. Review the Clerkship Manual, beginning with the Quick-Start Guide.
  3. Fill out the Clerkship Interest Form on the website.
  4. Request a meeting with Sandra Morriss in Student and Career Services, to discuss clerkship resources.
  5. Polish your application documents.
  6. Meet with Professor Ben Halasz, Director of the Judicial Clerkship Program, to discuss your strategy and your application materials.
  7. Attend sessions about the application process, including the interview workshop.

Resources for Clerkship Seekers

E-mail Lists

The following lists are available for users to sign up:

Please make sure to include your full name to speed up the verification process for adding you to the appropriate mailing list.

Clerkship Interest Form

The Clerkship Interest Form allows you to share your interest in clerking with the faculty and staff who will be supporting you as you apply for clerkships. The form takes only a few minutes to fill out.

Judicial Clerkship Manual

The Judicial Clerkship Manual covers a variety of topics, including the different types of clerkships, the application process, how to write your cover letter and resume, how to choose a writing sample, and the resources available to you as you are preparing to apply.

Clerkship Meetings with Career Coach and Professor Halasz

Prior to your meetings with Sandra and Professor Halasz, you should have filled out the Clerkship Interest Form and reviewed the Judicial Clerkship Manual. Be sure to get started on a cover letter and resume, and send them before your meeting.. To schedule a meeting with Sandra Morriss or Professor Halasz, please follow the guidelines in the Quick Start Section of the Judicial Clerkship Manual.

Letter of Recommendation (LOR) Tracker

The LOR Tracker allows you to schedule the printing of your Letters of Recommendation written by members of the UW Law faculty. You must fill out the Clerkship Interest Form prior to gaining access to the tracker. Instructions for using the LOR Tracker can be found here.

Judicial Clerkship Sessions and Workshops

Watch the podcasts from the Clerkship 100 and Clerkship 101 sessions to learn more about clerkship opportunities. The Clerkship 102 session is held in winter quarter and is an interview preparation workshop.

  • Clerkship 100: Introduction to Clerkships (podcast coming soon)
  • Clerkship 101: The What, Why, and How of Helping Judges Decide Cases (2016 Podcast)
  • Clerkship 102: Interviewing Workshop

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