Law clerk employment

law clerkThe 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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Current openings

Date posted Position title Description Location Date closed
03/26/2021 Law Clerk – Court of Appeals – District III The Court of Appeals District III is currently considering applications for a clerkship. The clerkship will begin in or around June 2021 and will be either one or two years, depending on the preferences of the candidate and Judge Thomas Hruz. The following materials should be included in your application: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation need not accompany the application materials and may be sent at a later date, if necessary. Please submit your email application by April 15, 2021 to sarah.barttelt@wicourts.gov. Wausau 04/15/2021
03/23/2021 Law Clerk – Wisconsin Court System - Justice Rebecca Frank Dallet Justice Dallet is accepting applications now through May 16, 2021, for one full-time law clerk to serve a two-year term beginning August 1, 2022. As of that date, candidates must have the following minimum qualifications: (1) a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school; (2) law review or similar legal-research and writing experience; (3) superior research and writing skills, including proofreading and editing skills; and (4) strong organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills. Law clerks are responsible for drafting, editing, and proofreading opinions for release; maintaining filing systems; and managing Justice Dallet’s calendar; supervising interns; providing general administrative assistance; and other duties as assigned. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, résumé, law school transcript (unofficial or official), writing sample of no more than fifteen pages, and two professional or academic letters of recommendation (which the letter writer should submit directly to chambers). All candidates should address their application to Justice Dallet via either email (preferred) to joseph.shell@wicourts.gov or mail to 16 East State Capitol, P.O. Box 1688, Madison, WI 53701-1688. Justice Dallet is reviewing applications on a rolling basis. Please direct any questions to Joseph Shell at joseph.shell@wicourts.gov or (608) 266-1884. Madison 05/16/2021
03/23/2021 Law clerk - Chief Justice Patience D. Roggensack One clerkship available beginning August 1, 2022 and ending July 31, 2023. Application requirements: cover letter, resume, law school transcripts, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters can be sent separately. Law review and/or moot court experience is preferred. Applications should be addressed to Chief Justice Roggensack and may be sent either by regular mail or emailed to Chief Justice Roggensack’s judicial assistant at jule.lacey@wicourts.gov. Applications will be accepted through June 1, 2021. Questions may be directed to Jule Lacey, Judicial Assistant, or Kieran O’Day, Law Clerk, at (608) 266-1888. Madison 06/01/2021
02/10/2021 Law clerk - Justice Ann Walsh Bradley Full-time Law Clerk/Judicial Assistant position available beginning August 2, 2021 for the 2021-2022 term, an additional term commitment is possible. This is a dual position. Qualifications required: (1) law school graduate (2) superior research and writing skills, including proofreading and legal editing skills, law review and/or legal research experience preferred; and (3) strong organizational and communication skills with substantial attention to detail. The position will share responsibilities with a fellow law clerk for legal research and writing, as well as editing and proofreading opinions for release and managing law school interns. Additionally, the position provides general administrative assistance for the Justice, including maintaining filing systems and calendars, and overseeing finalization of opinions for release. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and two professional or academic letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately. Applications should be addressed to Justice Ann Walsh Bradley and emailed to Justice Bradley's law clerk at jacob.stroup@wicourts.gov. Applications will be accepted through April 15, 2021, but will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interviews will be held virtually. Questions may be directed to Jacob Stroup, Law Clerk, at (608) 266-1886 or the above email address. Madison 04/15/2021
02/03/2021 Law clerk - Justice Rebecca Bradley Justice Rebecca Bradley is currently accepting applications for a clerkship beginning in August 2022. This position requires exceptional research, writing, and analytical skills. Applicants with law review and/or moot court experience are encouraged to apply. Attorneys with experience in private practice, public service, or public interest law firms are also encouraged to apply. The clerkship will be either one or two years depending on the preferences of the successful candidate and the Justice. To apply, please send the following materials: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately from other application materials. The writing sample should be no longer than 15 pages and should contain substantive legal analysis. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2021, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Email materials to: Shelley.Grogan@wicourts.gov. Please call (608) 266-1883 with any questions. Madison 05/01/2021

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.

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.