Law clerks provide legal research and writing
assistance to Connecticut trial level judges on pending matters and are
assigned to work for the Legal Research Office in courthouses throughout the
The appointment as a law clerk to the
Superior Court is for a period of 52 weeks. Most clerkship terms will begin in August and September of 2023.
Students graduating in 2023, or before, may apply for these positions after September 1, 2022.
Hiring decisions should be finalized no later than March of 2023.
The salary for the 2023-2024 term is the
biweekly equivalent of an annual salary of $59,509.07.
Applicants should expect to graduate
with high academic standing from a law school approved by the Connecticut
Bar Examining Committee and should have a demonstrated interest and
proficiency in legal research and writing. Law clerks are not required to
be members of the Bar of Connecticut or of any other state.
I. Applicants who attend law schools that participate in campus, consortium,
or video interview programs with this office must contact their Career
Services Offices for further instructions and interview dates.
They should submit the following items through Career Services:
- A copy of grades achieved in law school, including, if available, class standing;
- A resume;
- A cover letter.
After the initial interview, the following
items should be emailed, by the applicant, directly to the Legal Research Office:
II. Applicants who attend law schools that do not participate in interview
programs with this office, as well as individuals who have already
graduated from law school, may email applications directly to the Legal Research Office, between
September 1 and October 31, 2022.
- A brief writing sample that has not been edited by
anyone other than the applicant;
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s research and writing abilities;
- An official undergraduate transcript;
- An official law school transcript.
These applications should
include items 2-7, as listed above.
Interviews will begin in the fall of 2022. One component of the application
process is a writing exercise, administered to all applicants.
Additionally, as vacancies can occur at any time during a term, qualified
law school graduates available for immediate
employment may email
applications, to include items 2-7, directly to the Legal Research Office at
Applications should be addressed to Attorney Cheryl Halford,
Deputy Director of Legal Research, and emailed to: SuperiorCourt.Clerkship@jud.ct.gov
. If official transcripts are not
available electronically, they may be mailed directly to Legal Research,
121 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510.