Judicial Clerkships

Judicial Clerkships

Each year, a number of Notre Dame Law School graduates begin their careers by serving as judicial clerks. NDLS alumni can be found across the nation at all levels of the federal and state judiciary. Among the most prestigious employment opportunities, clerkships provide new attorneys with the rare opportunity to observe the judicial decision-making process from a judge’s perspective. These positions are a valuable way to bridge the gap between law school and the practice of law.

Usually lasting one or two years, clerkships provide a way to learn about effective advocacy, broaden one’s understanding of procedural issues, and gain exposure to a wide array of legal practice areas. Additionally, their significant legal knowledge and insider’s view of the court system make judicial clerks especially attractive candidates to prospective employers. A judicial clerk’s main duties include legal research, writing bench memoranda, drafting orders and opinions, proofreading and cite checking, communicating with counsel, and assisting the judge during courtroom proceedings. Outside of gaining valuable practical experience, clerks often see the judges for whom they clerk become both mentors and friends.

For questions regarding judicial clerkships and the application process, please contact Richard Herbst of the Career Development Office.

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