Timeline

*This page is under construction*

The following timeline is for planning purposes only and assumes that most judges, both at the federal and the state level, will be starting to accept applications on September 5, 2006 (the Tuesday after Labor Day) commensurate with the Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan. For those judges who indicate that they are accepting applications prior to September 5, many of the timing guidelines will need to be pushed up to accommodate an earlier hiring schedule.

Date

Step

March and April

•  Attend Career Services programs about judicial clerkships

April and May

•  Self-evaluation: Think about why you want to do a clerkship, how a clerkship fits into your longer-term career plans, and what you offer as a candidate

•  Think about whom to ask for letters of recommendation and talk with the judicial clerkship advisor about your options

•  Research judges and compile a list of those to whom you want to apply

•  Talk to third-year students with clerkships, and alumni(ae) and professors who clerked, to find out more about their experiences

•  Give Kristin Davis your summer e-mail address to be included on a listserv for important judicial clerkship announcements over the summer

•  If you are applying for state court clerkships, call chambers to determine application due date

•  Monitor the Federal Law Clerk Information System (https://lawclerks.ao.uscourts.gov) for judges accepting applications prior to September 5

•  Monitor Job Bank for other clerkship postings

May and early June

•  Important: Contact potential faculty recommenders preliminarily to ask for letters of recommendation before you leave for the summer. Re-contact faculty recommenders immediately after second semester grades have been submitted

•  Continue research on judges using electronic resources and personal/employment contacts; revise list of judges as necessary

•  Monitor the Federal Law Clerk Information System (FLCIS) for judges accepting applications prior to September 5

•  Monitor Job Bank for other clerkship postings

June and early July

•  Seek out substantive, analytical writing assignments from your summer employer

•  Monitor FLCIS for judges accepting applications prior to September 5

•  Monitor Job Bank for other clerkship postings

•  Revise resume (including summer employment) and submit to Kristin Davis for review

Mid-July

•  Submit to Theresa Dougherty (Room 5211; tmdoughe@wisc.edu) your list of judges for processing faculty letters of recommendation

•  After submitting your list of judges to Theresa Dougherty, remind faculty recommenders of the date by which they need to have their letters to you for inclusion in your application package. Remind non-faculty recommenders of this date as well

•  Order official law school and undergraduate transcripts

•  Write cover letter(s) and submit to Kristin Davis for review

•  Monitor FLCIS for judges accepting applications prior to September 5

•  Monitor Job Bank for other clerkship postings

Early August

•  Have Kristin Davis evaluate your writing sample(s)

•  Make appointment for clerkship mock interview with Kristin Davis

•  Confirm with recommenders the date on which you will send out your applications

•  Monitor FLCIS for judges accepting applications prior to September 5

•  Monitor Job Bank for other clerkship postings

Mid-August

•  Assemble and copy application components (cover letter, resume, transcript, writing sample)

•  Monitor FLCIS for judges accepting applications prior to September 5

•  Monitor Job Bank for other clerkship postings

Late August

•  Make sure you have all of your letters of recommendation in your possession

September 5

•  Mail or hand deliver your applications to all judges following the Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan (including state court judges following the Plan)

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