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Hear what a federal law clerk does from the experts


Law students and lawyers are encouraged to pursue federal clerkships; however, no one explains exactly what a job or career as a federal law clerk entails. Now, you can hear all about it from current law clerks in “A Day in the Life of a Federal Law Clerk,” a webinar in our “Demystifying the Judicial Clerkship Application Process and Experience” program.

Our panel of federal law clerks and a federal judge shared their insights and discussed the day-to-day responsibilities and experiences of a federal law clerk, including:

  • What the day-to-day responsibilities and obligations of a federal law clerk entail
  • What kinds of challenges one might experience as a federal law clerk
  • What skills and benefits one might experience as a federal law clerk
  • How one should develop his or her legal skills to prepare for a federal clerkship
  • What practical information one needs to know about becoming a successful federal law clerk

The slides for the presentations can be downloaded in PDF format.

Jonathan Shirts, University of Idaho College of Law-J.D. Candidate 2018

Michelle Childs, District Judge, United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Deborah Morgan, Career Law Clerk to the Honorable Margaret B. Seymour, Columbia, SC
Ethan Bercot, Term Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Michelle Childs, Columbia, SC
Leslie F. Su, Law Clerk to the Honorable Frank J. Bailey, United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Massachusetts

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