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Application for Clerkships with the Supreme Court of Connecticut

NOTICE TO STUDENTS GRADUATING LAW SCHOOL IN 2020
APPLICATION FOR CLERKSHIPS WITH THE CONNECTICUT SUPREME COURT

The Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Connecticut Supreme Court each appoint a law clerk for the 2020-2021 court year. Please refer to the Judicial Branch website for information about the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court Justices.
 
The annual salary of each law clerk is $65,048.29, to be paid semi-monthly, and the term of service is for a period of twelve working months. The law clerks start work on Friday, May 29, 2020 and continue through the month of June. After June, the new clerks will not report for work again until Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Law clerks may take four personal leave days with pay during their term of service and have a bank of twelve sick days. Otherwise, there are no paid vacation days. Employment will terminate Friday, July 30, 2021.
 
No applications should be submitted before May 6, 2019. Interested persons are encouraged to apply as soon after that date as feasible. All applications must be received no later than June 14, 2019. Interviews will be scheduled by each individual Justice. Each of the Justices endorses the principle of affording equal employment opportunity to qualified applicants. It must be emphasized, however, that each Justice, in selecting a law clerk, will be making an individual decision after weighing the credentials that are felt to be most relevant.
 
Law clerks generally perform research, write memoranda, review draft opinions and assist in preparing preliminary draft opinions, but each Justice determines what tasks to assign to his or her law clerk. Applicants should normally expect to graduate in the first quarter of their class and have demonstrated a substantial proficiency in legal research and writing. Law Review experience, or its equivalent, is highly desirable. 
 
To apply for a clerkship, please e-mail the following application materials to the following address: SCLawclerkApplication@connapp.jud.ct.gov.
1.  A cover letter;
2.  A resume;
3.  A certified transcript of all grades achieved in law school, including, if available, information about class standing. Candidates are expected to submit updated transcripts to reflect changes, such as the issuance of new grades and class standing, which takes place during the pendency of their clerkship application;
4.  A copy of any relevant scholarly writing;
5.  At least two letters of recommendation. The letters may be from a faculty member with whom the student has studied, from a clerkship committee or from a recent employer. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately from the application;
6.  A statement of when the applicant will be available for a personal interview in Hartford.
 
The e-mail should list each Justice to whom the applicant wishes to apply. Transcripts and letters of recommendation may be e-mailed separately from the other application materials.
 
After the Justices review the letters and resumes, a reasonable number of candidates will be selected for personal interview in Hartford at the applicant’s expense. Clerkship candidates should understand that although they are hired by individual Justices, if such Justice becomes unavailable due to illness, retirement, or movement to another court, the clerk will be assigned to work for another Justice during the term of their clerkship.
 
  Applicants usually take the Connecticut bar examination during the month of July after they commence their clerkships. This practice is for the convenience of the law clerks. Law clerks are not required to be members of the Bar of Connecticut or any other state. 

Application for Clerkships with the Connecticut Appellate Court

Notice: The Appellate Court does not offer summer internships. If you are interested in pursuing a clerkship with the Appellate Court upon graduation, please follow the instructions below.

NOTICE TO STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2020

Approximately seventeen law clerks will be appointed for the 2020-2021 court year for the Connecticut Appellate Court, which sits as an intermediate appellate court.  Nine law clerks will be appointed for the active judges of the court, including the Chief Judge. The remainder will be hired to work for the retired judges and justices who sit by designation on the court, or to work on motions filed with the court.

The annual salary of each law clerk is $61,618.94, to be paid semi-monthly. The term of service is for a period of twelve working months starting on Friday, May 29, 2020. During June, the new law clerks will be working with the clerks whose places they will be taking for the next court year. After their service in June, the new clerks will not report for work again until Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Law clerks may take four personal leave days with pay during their term of service and they will have a bank of twelve sick days. Otherwise, there are no paid vacation days. Employment will terminate on Friday July 30, 2021.

No application should be submitted before July 1, 2019. Interested persons are encouraged to apply as soon after that date as possible and all applications must be received no later than August 16, 2019.The judges will review the applications and decide which candidates will be selected for personal interview in Hartford at the applicant’s expense. Interviews will be held on October 2 and 3, 2019.

The judges endorse the principle of affording equal employment opportunities to qualified applicants. The basic qualifications for the position of law clerk are set forth in this notice. It must be emphasized, however, that each judge, in selecting a law clerk, will make an individual decision weighing those credentials that are felt to be most relevant.

Each of the judges determines what tasks to assign to his or her law clerks. Law clerks are generally expected to do research, write memoranda, review draft opinions and assist in preparing preliminary draft opinions.

Applications should be addressed to the Honorable Alexandra D. DiPentima, Chief Judge of the Appellate Court, and emailed to: ACLawclerkApplication@connapp.jud.ct.gov.

Application packets should contain the following items:
  1. A cover letter;
  2. A chronological resume;
  3. A certified transcript of grades achieved in law school, including, if available, information about class standing;
  4. A copy of any relevant scholarly writing; and
  5. At least two letters of recommendation. The letters may be from a faculty member with whom the student has studied, from a Clerkship Committee or from a recent employer. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately from the letter of application.

Applicants should expect to graduate in the first third of their class and have demonstrated proficiency in legal research and writing. Law Review experience, or its equivalent, is highly desirable.

Applicants usually plan to take the Connecticut bar examination during the July after they commence their clerkships. Law clerks are not required to be members of the Bar of Connecticut or of any other state.

Candidates for clerkships should understand that although they are hired by individual judges, if such judge becomes unavailable due to illness, retirement, or elevation to another court, the clerk will be assigned to work for another judge or judges during the term of their clerkship.


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