Judicial clerkships are one- or two-year salaried, post-J.D. positions with federal, state, local or administrative law judges. They are valuable experiences for many recent law graduates, as they provide an opportunity for graduates to put their legal education into practical use. Judicial clerks obtain high-quality research and writing experience, gain invaluable knowledge of court or administrative agency procedures, and often develop amazing, lifelong mentor relationships with their judges.
Judicial internships are short-term, usually unpaid, positions for law students with federal, state, local or administrative law judges. Interning in a judge’s chambers will provide you with a great deal of research and writing experience, as well as an opportunity to see first-hand how a courtroom works and how judicial decisions are made. Judicial internships can also lead to great references from judges for post-graduate judicial clerkships.