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Once a student or alum decides to apply for a clerkship, Penn Law is there. In spring of the 2L year, the Clerkship Committee holds a formal clerk application meeting to talk about types of clerkships, applications, recommendations, and the intimate assistance that Penn Law offers. (See below)

Applications arrive in judges' hands the day after Labor Day. Judges review applications during a "reading week" and begin interviewing the following Monday. "It's an intense time and judges usually make decisions pretty quickly," says Downs. "But the process goes on continuously until end of the academic year since new judges are appointed all the time."

Clerkship Opportunities and Assistance for Alumni

Alumni seeking clerkships are part of a growing trend, says assistant professor Kermit Roosevelt, chair of the Clerkship Committee.
"Now people are going to firms for one year more frequently," says Roosevelt. "In some cases, judges prefer that. In the same way that clerking makes you a better lawyer, having practical experience will probably make you a better clerk."

And Penn Law can help. "Penn Law is as eager to
support alumni as current students," says Diane Downs,
associate dean for career planning and placement.
Interested alumni can contact Downs at 215.898.7493 or
- J.B.B.
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