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December 2009

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Online Job Applications for Federal Law Clerk Jobs Rise 66 Percent

The federal Judiciary’s Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (OSCAR) showed enormous growth in fiscal year 2009—a 66 percent increase over fiscal year 2008 in the number of applications received.

A total of 401,576 electronic applications from lawyers seeking jobs as federal court law clerks were received between October 1, 2008, and September 30, 2009. In the previous 12-month period, a total of 241,529 applications were received.

The applications were filed by 10,772 applicants who were competing for 1,244 clerkship positions. About two-thirds of all federal judges participate in the OSCAR program, electing to maintain a judge profile, post a clerkship position, and accept applications or advertise that they are not hiring law clerks.

Fifty-two percent of the applicants during FY 2009 were law school graduates. Forty-eight percent were third-year law students, and they generated 68 percent of the applications.

The number of applications filed via OSCAR has increased each year since its introduction in FY 2005, when 94,693 applications were handled. The program takes what was a paper-heavy—and expensive—process and puts it online. Applicants for law clerk positions can pull together and submit online applications complete with resumes, cover letters, transcripts, and writing samples.

For more information on OSCAR, see http://oscar.uscourts.gov.