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Preparing for the Clerkship Application Process

Getting ready to apply for clerkships requires not only preparing application materials but some serious thought about why clerk, where to clerk, when to clerk and to whom to apply as well as considering whether there are steps you could be taking to make yourself a stronger candidate.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Speak with your professors and members of the clerkship committee to get their insight and advice
  • Set up an appointment with our clerkship advisor, Chris Fritton, who can help you assess your credentials and decide on recommenders
  • Determine how a clerkship fits in with your career goals
  • Think about whether a trial or appellate court better suits your career plans and personal preferences or whether you want to do both
  • Consider whether clerking right after graduation or after working a year or two makes better sense for you
  • Decide where geographically you are willing to go 

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