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Career Services for Alumni

Applying for Clerkships Post-Grad

Application Process

The application process is explained in detail in the SLS Clerkship Handbook and Appendices.  You will have access to these materials once you've completed the steps below. The Clerkship Committee recommends that you follow the timeline outlined in Appendix A, though you may start the process at any time throughout the year. Please note: Stanford Law School is now using Box (an online file sharing and cloud content management service) to track your Letters of Recommendation. This is also where you'll have access to the clerkship handbook and other useful resources.

To get started:

  • Fill out the "Intent to Apply for Clerkships" form.  This gives us the information we need to create a Clerkship Folder  for you in Stanford Box,  where we can give you access to all of the clerkship application materials, including the handbook.  You will receive an email notification when your account has been created. 
  • Sign up for the Clerkship Listserv to receive announcements and information pertaining to the clerkship application process.
  • Read the SLS Clerkship Handbook cover to cover (located in your Stanford Box Clerkship Folder).

Outside Recommenders

Due to limited resources and time constraints, SLS does not prepare or upload letters of recommendation from recommenders not affiliated with Stanford Law School. OCS has prepared materials to help you work with outside recommenders to prepare, merge, and upload or mail their letters of recommendation.

For Paper Letters of Recommendation

For OSCAR Letters of Recommendation

  • Your outside recommender will receive an email notice from OSCAR with his/her username and password but only after you have created a draft application to a clerkship in OSCAR.
  • Provide your recommenders with a link to OSCAR for instructions to upload their letters.
  • OSCAR Template for Letter of Recommendation
  • OSCAR Technical Support (toll free): 1-866-666-2120, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. EST is available to assist your outside recommenders.

Citizenship Requirement for Employment in the Judiciary

Current appropriations law prohibits the use of appropriated funds to pay the compensation of any employee of the U.S. federal government where the duty location is in the continental U.S. unless such person:

  • is a U.S. citizen;
  • is a person who owes allegiance to the U.S. (i.e., nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and nationals who meet other requirements described in 8 U.S.C. 1408);
  • is a person admitted as a refugee or granted asylum who has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible; or
  • is a lawful permanent resident who is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B).

The appropriations law requirements apply to anyone appointed into a paid position within the judiciary in the continental U.S. The appropriations law requirements do not apply to employees with a duty station in Alaska, Hawaii, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the Northern Mariana Islands, nor do the requirements apply to unpaid volunteers.

Judiciary offices must obtain concurrence from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, Office of General Counsel, to appoint an individual who is not a U.S. citizen.

In addition to the above appropriations law, The United States Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), mandates all federal government agencies in the continental U.S. comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) which states that federal government agencies must hire only U.S. citizens and aliens who are authorized to work in the United States. All individuals appointed by a judiciary office must complete the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) certifying their eligibility to work in the U.S.