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In general there are three types of clerkship experiences:

  • Trial Courts - Busy, fast-paced clerkship with much of your time spent in court observing trial lawyers in action. Time out of court spent researching and drafting memos, jury instructions, orders and draft opinions.
  • Appellate Courts - Smaller number of cases with more in-depth opinions written. In-court time involves observing formal oral arguments. Out-of-court time involves reading the record below and briefs submitted on appeal; writing memos and proposed draft opinions.
  • Specialty Courts - Courts of limited jurisdiction specializing in a particular type of case or controversy. Work may involve either trial or appellate work.


Federal Courts

Federal Clerkship Information

State Courts

State Court Clerkships

Non-Traditional Clerkships