Application for Clerkships with the Supreme Court of Connecticut
NOTICE TO STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2016
The Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Connecticut Supreme Court will appoint seven law clerks for the 2016-2017 court year. Please refer to the Judicial Branch website for information about the Supreme Court including a list of 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 Tuesday, May 31, 2016, and continue through the month of June. After their service in June, the new clerks will not report again for work until Thursday, September 1, 2016. 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 Monday, July 31, 2017.
No applications should be submitted before May 4, 2015. Interested persons are encouraged to apply as soon after that date as feasible. All applications must be received no later than June 12, 2015. 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.
Each of the Justices 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.
Application packets should contain the following items:
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.
Applicants usually plan to 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.
Applicants wishing to apply for a clerkship should e-mail an application packet to the following address: SCLawclerkApplication@connapp.jud.ct.gov. The e-mail should list each Justice to whom they wish to apply.
After the Justices have reviewed the letters and resumes, a reasonable number of candidates will be selected for personal interview in Hartford at the applicant’s expense.
Candidates for clerkships 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.
Application for Clerkships with the Appellate Court of Connecticut
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 2015Approximately seventeen law clerks will be appointed for the 2015-2016 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.