A number of great state court opportunities have deadlines in the next month. Additional details about all of these clerkships can be found on Symplicity. Here are a few of the highlights:
Connecticut Supreme Court, deadline 8/19:
Applicants wishing to apply to the Chief Justice and/or Associate Justices should send an application packet to each individual Justice. The Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Connecticut Supreme Court will appoint 7 law clerks for the 2012-2013 court year. Please refer to the Judicial Branch website for information about the Supreme Court including a list of the Supreme Court Justices.
Maine Supreme Judicial Court, deadline 8/31:
The application packet consists of a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, two letters of recommendation from law school faculty, and one letter of recommendation from summer 2011 work experience or most recent work experience. Law Clerks in Maine work for the entire Court but are assigned to work in the chambers of the individual justice appointing them. Justices currently have chambers in three locations: Portland (four justices), Augusta (one justice) and Bangor (two justices). Applicants MUST identify in their cover letter the location or locations (Portland, Augusta and/or Bangor) at which they are willing to accept a clerkship assignment.
Vermont Supreme Court, deadline 9/1:
Submit one application by email in “PDF” format to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions, please contact Monica Bombard at 802-828-4784 or by email email@example.com
New York Court of Appeals, deadline 9/15:
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, deadline 9/26:
On August 22, 2011, the Supreme Judicial Court will begin accepting applications for clerkships for the court year that begins Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible; the Justices will interview and make offers on a rolling basis beginning on September 12, 2011.
Each candidate must submit in paper form: (1) a current resume; (2) an official law school transcript; (3) a writing sample not to exceed ten pages and not edited by another; and (4) two letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a law school faculty member. A single cover letter should be addressed to The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court.
Other State Appellate Courts:
Connecticut Appellate Court, deadline 8/19:
Interested persons are encouraged to apply as soon as feasible. Interviews will be held on October 4 and 5, 2011. An original and 11 copies should be included with the letter of application. Approximately 17 law clerks will be appointed for the 2012-2013 court year for the Connecticut Appellate Court, which functions as an intermediate appellate court. Most of the law clerks will be appointed for the nine active Judges of the Court, including the Chief Judge. The remainder will be hired to work for the retired Judges and Justices who sit by designation on the Court, or to work on motions filed with the Court.
Minnesota Court of Appeals, deadline 8/19:
Apply on-line at www.mncourts.gov attaching a resume and legal writing sample to the on-line application. Official law school transcript(s), including class rank, and an explanation of the grading system, MUST BE MAILED DIRECTLY FROM THE REGISTRAR'S OFFICE; recommendation letters are optional. Approximately 12-16 clerkships will be offered in October 2011 for the term August 2012 through July 2013.
New York Supreme Court, deadline 9/21; 10/14:
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Third Judicial Department, is currently seeking applications for one-year clerkships. Clerkships with the Third Department's Law Research Department afford participants the opportunity to gain invaluable insight into the appellate process through the observation of oral argument, review of the Court's proposed decisions and extensive legal research and writing in a wide array of legal topics. Deadline: 9/21
The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Fourth Judicial Department, is also seeking applications for one-year clerkships. Eight Appellate Court Attorney positions with the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department, in Rochester, New York will be open commencing August, 2012. Deadline: 10/14.
Virginia Trial Courts:
Chesterfield Circuit Court, deadline 8/19
Arlington Circuit Court, deadline 8/26
Danville Circuit Court, deadline 8/26
Richmond Circuit Court, deadline 8/31
Henrico County Circuit Court, deadline 9/2
Alexandria Circuit Court, deadline 9/10
Prince William Circuit Court, deadline 9/10
Roanoke Circuit Court, deadline 10/1
Other Trial Courts:
Vermont Trial Court, deadline 9/1:
Vermont’s centrally organized trial court law clerk program provides law clerk assistance to trial court judges on location throughout Vermont. Law clerks concentrate on research and writing for all judges of the civil, criminal, and family divisions of the superior court, as assigned, and may participate in other projects. Some law clerks are assigned exclusively to the environmental division of the superior court. Please e-mail one set of application materials per application in PDF form, between September 1 and October 5, to jud.recruitment.state.vt.us with the subject, "trialcourt law clerk hiring".Applicants for both environmental and non-environmental positions should send two applications in separate e-mails.
Maine District Court, deadline 9/2:
The State of Maine Judicial Branch is accepting applications for 2012-2013 Law Clerkships for the Maine District Court. The 2012-2013 Law Clerk year is from August 20, 2012 through August 19, 2013. Two positions are expected to be available. Law clerks are based in Portland, Lewiston, and/or Bangor. The District Court has jurisdiction to adjudicate criminal, civil and family matters without a jury. The thirty-six judges of the District Court have statewide jurisdiction. Eight Family Law Magistrates assist in the processing of family matter proceedings involving children. The District Court law clerks receive assignments from all District Court Judges and Magistrates.
Delaware Unified Family Court, deadline 9/14:
Ten judicial law clerk positions are available in Delaware's statewide Family Court system. Locations: six positions in Wilmington, two positions in Dover, two positions in Georgetown
Circuit Court of Maryland, deadline 9/30:
The Circuit Court for Harford County, Maryland has 6 positions available for judicial law clerks to provide legal support to Circuit Court judges. This is a unique opportunity to put your legal skills to work, learn court operations from the inside out, and gain invaluable "real life" practical experience while working in a challenging, high volume, highly-variable and fast-paced environment.