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 Title/description Location Date closed
09/20/2021 Law clerk - Court of Appeals Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, beginning August 1, 2022 (2022-23 term)
Judicial law clerks assist with legal research, memoranda and opinion writing, editorial duties, opinion review, discussion of appellate issues, and other duties as the judge may direct. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, law school transcript (unofficial is fine), and a list of three references to joanne.kloppenburg@wicourts.gov by October 8, 2021.
Madison 10/08/2021
09/10/2021 Law clerk - Chief Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler, beginning August 1, 2022 (2022-23 term)
Application requirements: Letter of interest, current resume, law school transcript, a writing sample that is the sole work product of the applicant unedited by third parties, and two professional or academic letters of recommendation (may be submitted separately). Law review and/or legal research experience is preferred. Application materials may be submitted to Chief Justice Ziegler by regular mail at the address above or by email to susan.gray@wicourts.gov.
Madison Until filled

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.