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Faculty Judicial Clerkships Committee

The members of the Faculty Judicial Clerkships Committee are familiar with the clerkship process and are available to answer your questions. We strongly encourage you to consult with a member of the committee to discuss your credentials and judge selection strategy.  During 2019-20, the following committee members are available to advise you:

Prof. Catherine Struve, Chair

Prof. Christopher S. Yoo, Supreme Court Adviser

Prof. Jean Galbraith

Prof. Michael Knoll

Prof. Sarah Pierce

Prof. Tobias Wolff

These members of the clerkships committee stand ready to be a resource to any students and alumni who may be interested in clerking. They can help you consider questions such as whether (and which) clerkships may be right for you, and the timing and scope of your application strategy.

Additionally, the clerkships committee as a group supports Penn Law students and alums in clerkship-related matters, through continuing efforts that include the following:

  • Developing policies and procedures regarding the clerkship process, and providing updates to the faculty as a whole concerning that process. The committee assesses, on an ongoing basis, the effectiveness of its efforts to support Penn Law clerkship candidates before, during, and after their application process. And it monitors developments in the clerkship application process in both federal and state courts, including the status of the Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan.
  • Supporting the Law School’s efforts to build and maintain relationships with judges.
  • Supporting student groups’ efforts to invite judges to events.
  • Providing programming on clerkship-related topics.
  • Supporting the efforts of faculty recommenders to advocate for clerkship candidates. In this regard, the committee supplements the recommenders’ own initiatives – for example, by providing information and advice to a recommender in instances when the recommender may be unsure what outreach efforts might be most productive.