Because each judge functions independently, he or she can add to the qualification requirements for law clerks within the parameters mandated by the Judicial Conference of the United States.
A judge's specific qualifications for a position may be listed in position announcements. The Online System For Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR) is utilized by some judicial officers. Contact the chambers of each judicial officer for specific hiring details.
There are, however, general requirements for employment as a federal law clerk that must be satisfied by all appointees. By the time of appointment to a law clerk position, the candidate must be a law school graduate or be certified as having completed all law school studies and requirements and merely awaiting conferment of degree.
As of May 16, 2005, newly hired law clerks must undergo a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint check. A judge also has the option of requiring a new law clerk to undergo a FBI Central Records Systems name check and a credit check. An employment appointment is provisional and contingent upon the satisfactory completion of the required fingerprint check and other option checks, if required. The court will arrange processing the background checks upon notification of an applicant's selection for a position.
For further details and to search for Law Clerk opportunities in our Court, please refer to the Online System For Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR).