Employment opportunities

Law clerk employment

The Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals offer excellent Law Clerk opportunities to the new or recent graduate of an accredited law school.

Applicants must possess a degree from an accredited law school as of the appointment date for the clerkship.

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Supreme Court

The Wisconsin Supreme Court, composed of seven justices, is the state's highest court. Located in the State Capitol, it has appellate jurisdiction over all Wisconsin courts and has discretion to determine which appeals it will hear. The Supreme Court may also hear original actions - cases that have not been heard in a lower court. The court selects cases it will review based on criteria described in the Wisconsin Statutes.

In addition to its case deciding function, the Supreme Court has administrative and regulatory authority over all Wisconsin courts and the practice of law in the state.

Each of the seven justices personally appoints a law clerk to perform research, prepare memoranda, assist in the drafting of opinions and perform other duties as the individual justice may direct. Supreme Court law clerks are customarily hired to serve one year. Each justice conducts his/her individual application and interview process to select a law clerk. Recruitment and selection activities are determined by the appointing Justice. Supreme Court law clerk appointments begin August 1 of each year.

In addition to outstanding professional development and educational opportunities afforded by these prestigious appointments, the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals offer a competitive salary and benefit package to law clerks.

To apply for a law clerk position, please send the required application materials to the attention of the individual justice at:

Wisconsin Supreme Court
16 East State Capitol
P.O. Box 1688
Madison, WI 53701-1688

Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson
One clerkship available beginning August 1, 2015.
Application requirements: Cover letter, resume, law school transcript including all 1L and 2L grades, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters may be sent separately.
Applications will be accepted through October 1, 2014.

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Justice N. Patrick Crooks
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Justice David T. Prosser, Jr.
No current vacancy.

Justice Patience D. Roggensack
No current vacancy.

Justice Annette Ziegler
No current vacancy.

Justice Michael J. Gableman
Justice Gableman is currently considering applications for a clerkship beginning in summer or fall of 2014. The clerkship will be either one or two years depending on the preferences of the candidate and the Justice. The following materials should be included in your application: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be included with the other application materials if possible. Writing samples should be approximately 10 pages and should contain substantive legal analysis. If you would like to submit your application by email, call chambers at (608) 266-1884 for instructions. Please call if you have any other questions or concerns.

Court of Appeals

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals is the state's intermediate appellate court. The court is composed of sixteen judges from four districts headquartered in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wausau and Madison. Each Court of Appeals judge personally appoints a law clerk to assist in legal research, memoranda and draft opinion writing, editorial duties, opinion review, discussion of appellate issues and other duties as the individual judge may direct. Appointments are a minimum of one year and begin approximately August 1st.

Each Court of Appeals judge conducts his/her own individual application and interview. Recruitment and selection activities vary with the individual judge. See specific information below.

To apply for a law clerk position in the Court of Appeals, please send the required application materials to the attention of the individual judge at:

Court of Appeals District I
330 East Kilbourn Avenue, Suite 1020
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3161

Judge Ralph Adam Fine
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Patricia Curley
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Joan Kessler
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Kitty Brennan
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Court of Appeals District II
2727 N. Grandview Blvd, Suite 300
Waukesha, WI 53188-1672

Judge Richard Brown
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Lisa Neubauer
No current vacancy.

Judge Paul F. Reilly
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Mark D. Gundrum
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Court of Appeals District III
2100 Stewart Avenue, Suite 310
Wausau, WI 54401

Judge Michael Hoover
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Mark A. Mangerson
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Lisa K. Stark
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Court of Appeals District IV
10 East Doty Street, Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703-3397

Judge Paul Lundsten
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Paul Higginbotham
Judge Paul B. Higginbotham is currently considering applications for a clerkship beginning July 1, 2014, with a currently anticipated end date of July 31, 2015. The clerkship may be extended for one year upon mutual agreement between the judge and the clerk. Desired qualifications include: Law degree (graduating in top 15% of class), proficient at computer legal research, excellent legal analytical and writing skills, ability to work in a "team" environment, prior clerking experience a plus, and willing and able to work long hours. The following materials should be included in your application: a letter of interest, a resume, a writing sample, official undergrad and law school transcripts, and one professional and two academic letters of recommendation. Deadline for application is close of business, May 30, 2014.

Judge Gary E. Sherman
No current vacancy.

Judge Brian W. Blanchard
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge JoAnne F. Kloppenburg
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

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