Judicial Clerkship Guide: Clerkship Resources

Judicial Clerkship Guide: Clerkship Resources

This section of the Clerkship Manual provides links to additional clerkship resources. To download a full copy of the Clerkship Manual, click here.

XI. Clerkship Resources

A. Print Resources 
 
The American Bench (Available in the Law Library) 
This reference provides a comprehensive guide to the American judiciary. The handbook combines 
biographical information on approximately 18,000 judges from all levels of federal and state courts with 
jurisdictional, structural and geographical information on the courts they serve. 
 
Almanac of the Federal Judiciary, Volumes I and II (Available in the Law Library) 
This two volume series is a great resource for the federal system. Volume I contains profiles and 
evaluations of all federal district court judges, bankruptcy judges and magistrate judges; volume II covers 
the federal circuit court judges and Supreme Court justices. For each judge listed, the volumes provide 
general information, publications, noteworthy rulings, media coverage, frank lawyer evaluations, and 
other information of interest to potential applicants. (Also available on Westlaw.) 
 
BNA’s Directory of State and Federal Courts, Judges and Clerks (Available in the Law Library) 
This is another great resource that provides directory information on federal and state judges; it also 
provides state court organizational charts. 
 
Judicial Yellow Book (Available in the Career Planning Center) 
This resource is a staple of any clerkship application process. It provides information on federal appellate, 
district and bankruptcy judges as well as judges of highest and appellate level state courts. The 
information provided includes biographical and contact information, nominating president for federal 
judges and information on the names and education of judicial law clerks. 
 
Directory of Minority Judges of the United States (Available in the Law Library) 
This resource provides biographical information on minority judges at all levels of the judiciary with 
listings by African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic and Native American judges. Tribal court 
judges are listed as well. 

Judicial Staff Directory (Available on Westlaw) 
A directory of federal court judges which includes biographical information on each judges, as well as 
lists of court personnel. 
 
Federal Judges and Justices: A Current Listing of Nominations, Confirmations, Elevations, Resignations, 
and Retirements (Available in the Law Library) 
A loose-leaf service that culls information from sources such as the Congressional Record, Weekly 
Compilation of Presidential Documents, and news services. 
 
Law Clerk Handbook (Available in the Law Library) 
This handbook (written by a Fifth Circuit Judge and his former law clerk) provides an overview of the 
clerkship experience, the nuts and bolts of federal practice, court management, and tips on legal research 
and writing. 
 
Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships (Available in the Career Planning Center) 
Debra M. Strauss, Esq., a national expert in the area of judicial clerkships, explains all aspects of 
clerkships from what law clerks do to how to prepare a successful application. 
 
B. Internet Resources 
 
forms.vermontlaw.edu/career/guides/index.cfm? 
The Vermont Law School Guide to State Judicial Clerkships contains information on each state’s highest, 
appellate and trial court’s judicial application process as well as clerkship salaries and other useful 
information. (The login and password information is available on Symplicity.) 
 
www.uscourts.gov 
Home page for the federal judiciary; provides information on the U.S. Court System. 
 
www.uscourts.gov/news/thethirdbranch.aspx 
Site of The Third Branch, a monthly newsletter of the federal judiciary. Contains nominations and 
confirmations in each monthly Milestones section. 
 
judiciary.senate.gov/nominations/ 
United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Nominations andConfirmations listings. 
 
www.justice.gov/olp/judicialnominations112.htm 
United States Department of Justice list of Federal Judiciary nominations by the 112th Congress. 
 
www.fjc.gov/ 
Federal Judicial Center website provides biographies of all federal judges since 1789 as well as court 
histories, landmark legislation and other educational materials. 
 
www.law.umich.edu/careers/typesofemployers/clerkships/pages/nomdb.aspx 
University of Michigan Law School’s Judicial Nominations and Confirmations database