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Alabama

Alabama Administrative Office of the Courts

Some metropolitan circuit courts (Jefferson, Mobile, Montgomery Counties) hire law clerks.

Alaska

Alaska Court System: Information for Prospective Law Clerks

Some superior and district courts (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Judicial Districts) hire law clerks.

Arizona

Arkansas

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

The Circuit Court in Little Rock (Pulaski County, Sixth Circuit) hires law clerks.

California

At the trial court level, superior courts may hire law clerks. After two years, the law clerk may be hired as a research attorney (a permanent position).

Colorado

The Court of Appeals and Supreme Court hire law clerks.

Connecticut

For information about clerkships at the supreme, appellate, or superior court levels, see the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Clerk Application Information.

DC

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

The D.C. Superior Court hires law clerks.

Delaware

Delaware Superior Court, Law Clerk Positions-How to Apply

Florida

Georgia

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

At the trial court level, superior and state courts in the following circuits hire clerks: Atlanta, Clayton, Cobb, Eastern, Gwinnett, Macon, Stone Mountain.

Guam

The superior court hires law clerks.

Hawaii

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

At the trial level, the circuit, family, and district courts hire law clerks.

Idaho

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

At the trial court level, the district court hires law clerks.

Illinois

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

At the trial court level, circuit courts hire law clerks.

Indiana

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

At the trial court level, circuit and superior courts hire law clerks.

Iowa

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

At the trial court level, district courts may hire clerks, although not all have vacancies every year.

Kansas

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

At the trial court level, the Shawnee County District Court in Topeka hires law clerks.

Kentucky

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

At the trial court level, the district and family courts hire law clerks.

Louisiana

At the trial court level, the district court hires law clerks.

Judicial Clerkships

Maine

Applicants may apply through a personnel office or directly to the different courts.

At the trial court level, the superior court hires law clerks.

Maryland

Applicants must contact individual judges directly for circuit and appellate clerkships.

Designated district courts hire law clerks.  Contact the Administrative Judge for the district.

Massachusetts

At the trial court level, the superior, probate/family, juvenile, and land courts may hire clerks. 

Michigan

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

At the trial court level, the court of claims, circuit court, district court, municipal court, and probate court may hire clerks.

Law Clerkships

Employment Opportunities

Minnesota

At the trial court level, the district court may hire clerks.

Mississippi

At the trial court level, the circuit and chancery courts may hire clerks. 

Missouri

Supreme Court of Missouri

No clerks are hired at the trial court level.

Montana

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

At the trial court level, the first, second, fourth, eleventh, thirteenth, and eighteenth districts may hire clerks.

Nebraska

No clerks are hired at the trial level.

Judicial Law Clerkships, Supreme Court

Nevada

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

At the trial court level, district courts may hire law clerks.

New Hampshire

Applicants may apply through a personnel office or directly to the different courts.

The superior court hires clerks. See the New Hampshire Superior Court Judicial Clerkships page for more information.

New Jersey

Career Opportunity New Jersey Judiciary .

Professional clerkships are available at the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Tax Court and trial court levels.

New Mexico

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

New York

New York State Unified Court System .

At the trial court level, opportunities are available through the commercial division; and the statewide Legal Fellows program.
The NALP Directory lists contact information for courts seeking law clerks. Most states only include contacts for the intermediate court of appeals or the court of last resort. However, New York lists administrative judges in New York City courts, and administrative judges outside New York City. 
See also the principal law clerk to judge position for the criminal team in the New York Supreme Court in our job description database.

North Carolina

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

At the trial court level, no clerks are hired.

Database of North Carolina Judges

North Dakota

At least one clerk is hired per district.
See also the
description for the Wahpeton and Southeast Judicial Districts in our database archives.

Ohio

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

Ohio Judicial System Career Opportunities

Oklahoma

Trial court clerkships are rare; however, it appears that the Tulsa County District Court may hire clerks occasionally.

Oregon

Applicants may apply through a personnel office or directly to the different courts.

At the trial court level, clerks are hired occasionally.

Oregon Courts Jobs/Volunteers.

Pennsylvania

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks. At the trial court level, the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County and other judicial districts may hire clerks.

Puerto Rico

At the trial court level, the superior court may hire clerks.

Rhode Island

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

Judicial Clerkships

South Carolina

At the trial court level, circuit and some masters-in-equity may hire clerks. No clerks are hired in family court.

South Dakota

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks. At the trial court level, the circuit court may hire clerks.

Tennessee

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

At the trial court level, circuit and criminal courts in some metropolitan areas may hire clerks.

Texas

Applicants may apply through a personnel office or directly to the different courts.

At the trial court level, district courts may hire clerks.

Utah

At the trial court level, district courts in large urban areas may hire clerks.

Vermont

Virginia

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

At the trial court level, circuit courts hire law clerks.

Washington

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

At the trial court level, superior courts and some district and municipal courts in large areas may hire law clerks.

West Virginia

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Circuit Judge Law Clerk Positions

At the trial court level, circuit courts may hire law clerks.

Wisconsin

Applicants must contact individual judges directly because each judge has different criteria and expectations when selecting law clerks.

At the trial court level, circuit courts may hire law clerks.

Wyoming

At the trial court level, district courts may hire law clerks.