Introducing Judicial Clerkships

Tomorrow – Wednesday March 3 – Professor Amy Wildermuth will present the workshop Introducing Judicial Clerkships at 12:15 in Room 107.  Come learn the benefits of doing a judicial clerkship, application guidelines, and more.

A current 3L offers the following advice for those of you considering a clerkship:  “Cast a broad net!  The economic changes have also really changed the interests in clerkships.  They are more competitive now, so the larger pool of Judges to whom you apply the better.  Listen to Amy Wildermuth; she knows her stuff.  Meet with her early so that she can give you personal feedback on your résumé and cover letter.“  If you are a 2L and are considering a judicial clerkship, Wednesday’s workshop is the first step in educating yourself about the process.  1L’s should also consider attending.  It is never too early to start planning and understanding how the process works!

This tip came from a current clerk:  “I think a lot of students just apply for clerkships without knowing what the job involves.  I’d recommend asking someone who has done a clerkship what the job is like before deciding whether or not it is the type of opportunity you want to pursue.  I didn’t do a judicial internship, but it is a great way to learn whether or not you’d like to be a clerk.  Many judges end up hiring their past interns, so it is a great way to get your foot in the door.”

Coming next week: Current judicial clerks Megan Houdeshel (clerk for Justice Jill Parrish, Utah Supreme Court), Chris Stout (clerk for Justice Matthew Durrant, Utah Supreme Court), Susie Hindley (career clerk for U.S District Court Judge Dale Kimball) and Mica McKinney (clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Dee Benson) will be presenting a workshop on March 10 Clerks on Clerkships.  When we asked Megan why she had decided to do a clerkship, she replied, “I wanted to do a clerkship because I thought it would be a chance for me to improve on the writing skills I acquired in law school.  My firm (Parr Brown Gee & Loveless) encouraged me to apply.  It was also an opportunity to be directly involved in the appellate process.  I have also developed incredible friendships with the other clerks who will be my colleagues in the years to come.  I think this can only improve my practice in the future.”