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NOTICE TO STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2022

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 state.

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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 2022. Students graduating in 2022, or before, may apply for these positions after September 1, 2021. Hiring decisions should be finalized in March of 2022.

Salary
The salary for the 2022-2023 term is the biweekly equivalent of an annual salary of $57,220.26.

Qualifications
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.

Application Process

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:

  1. A copy of grades achieved in law school, including, if available, class standing;
  2. A resume;
  3. A cover letter.
After the initial interview, the following items should be emailed, by the applicant, directly to the Legal Research Office:
  1. A brief writing sample that has not been edited by anyone other than the applicant;
  2. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s research and writing abilities;
  3. An official undergraduate transcript;
  4. An official law school transcript.
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, 2021.

These applications should include items 2-7, as listed above.

Interviews for direct applicants, as well as second interviews for applicants initially interviewed in the late summer or the fall of 2021, will take place in late 2021 and early 2022. One component of the application process is a writing exercise, administered to all applicants at the time of the interview.


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 any time.

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.

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