Notice of Continuation of the Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan
December 2019

The D.C. Circuit will follow the schedule for the second year of the Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan, as set out below:


Federal Law Clerk Hiring Plan, 2nd Pilot Year

Starting with students who entered law school in 2017, the application and hiring process will not begin until after a law student’s second year.

For students who entered law school in 2018 (graduating class of 2021): Judges will not seek or accept formal or informal clerkship applications, or seek or accept formal or informal recommendations, before 12:00 pm EDT on June 15, 2020. Judges also will not directly or indirectly contact applicants, or schedule or conduct formal or informal interviews, or make formal or informal offers, before 12:00 pm EDT on June 16, 2020.

A judge who makes a clerkship offer will keep it open for at least 48 hours, during which time the applicant will be free to interview with other judges.

This is the second year of a two-year pilot plan. Participating judges will reconsider their participation after June 2020.