Judicial Clerkships

Texas A&M is committed to helping students secure post-graduate judicial clerkships. Judicial clerkships offer an extraordinary opportunity for students to work directly with judges in a legal support role. Judicial clerks:

  • conduct legal research
  • draft bench memos and legal opinions
  • work on jury instructions
  • observe hearings, trials and other legal proceedings

Judicial clerkships are highly competitive and prestigious positions. They are usually for a set period of one to two years.

Our graduates have clerked for U.S. Circuit Court Judges, U.S. District Court Judges, U.S. Magistrate Judges, Justices on both the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and, state appellate judges.

Judicial Bootcamp

In addition to the guidance provided by our Career Services office, Texas A&M provides its students a unique classroom experience to hone their research and writing skills and ensure our students are “chambers ready.” Our “Judicial Bootcamp” class is a limited enrollment, advanced writing class that prepares students for the intellectual, professional and ethical demands of working in chambers. Judicial bootcamp students get hands on training with bench memos, draft opinions and guidance during the application process. Our faculty are dedicated to helping all students reach their potential.

Preparation and Strategy

The path toward a judicial clerkship begins in the classroom. Students should strive for academic excellence, journal participation, Executive Board positions on a journal, and either a teaching or research assistant position. ​You should begin thinking about the application process ​as  a rising 2L.

For more information about the application process, timeline, components and additional links, visit the Current Students Judicial Clerkships page.