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Law clerk employment

The Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals offer excellent Law Clerk opportunities to the new or recent graduate of an accredited law school.

Applicants must possess a degree from an accredited law school as of the appointment date for the clerkship.

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Supreme Court

The Wisconsin Supreme Court, composed of seven justices, is the state's highest court. Located in the State Capitol, it has appellate jurisdiction over all Wisconsin courts and has discretion to determine which appeals it will hear. The Supreme Court may also hear original actions - cases that have not been heard in a lower court. The court selects cases it will review based on criteria described in the Wisconsin Statutes.

In addition to its case deciding function, the Supreme Court has administrative and regulatory authority over all Wisconsin courts and the practice of law in the state.

Each of the seven justices personally appoints a law clerk to perform research, prepare memoranda, assist in the drafting of opinions and perform other duties as the individual justice may direct. Supreme Court law clerks are customarily hired to serve one year. Each justice conducts his/her individual application and interview process to select a law clerk. Recruitment and selection activities are determined by the appointing Justice. Supreme Court law clerk appointments begin August 1 of each year.

In addition to outstanding professional development and educational opportunities afforded by these prestigious appointments, the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals offer a competitive salary and benefit package to law clerks.

To apply for a law clerk position, please send the required application materials to the attention of the individual justice at:

Wisconsin Supreme Court
16 East State Capitol
P.O. Box 1688
Madison, WI 53701-1688

The Wisconsin Court System participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. See the following links for additional details:

Chief Justice Patience D. Roggensack
No current vacancy.

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley
No current vacancy.

Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler
No current vacancy.

Justice Rebecca G. Bradley
No current vacancy.

Justice Rebecca Frank Dallet
Full-time law clerk/judicial assistant position available beginning August 2, 2021. Qualified candidates must be able to serve a minimum of two years, although a longer-term commitment is preferred. Qualifications required: (1) law school graduate; (2) law review and/or legal research experience; (3) superior research and writing skills, including proofreading and legal editing skills; and (4) strong organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills. The position is responsible for legal research and writing, and will share several responsibilities with a fellow law clerk, including editing and proofreading opinions for release, maintaining filing systems and calendars, managing law school interns, and providing general administrative assistance for the Justice. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, writing sample, and two professional or academic letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately. Applications should be addressed to Justice Dallet and may be sent by mail at the above address or emailed to Justice Dallet's law clerk at zach.sibley@wicourts.gov. Applications will be accepted through August 21, 2020. Interviews will be held virtually in September. Questions may be directed to Zach Sibley, Law Clerk, at (608) 266-1884.

Justice Brian Hagedorn
No current vacancy.

Justice Jill J. Karofsky
No current vacancy.

Court of Appeals

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals is the state's intermediate appellate court. The court is composed of sixteen judges from four districts headquartered in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Wausau and Madison. Each Court of Appeals judge personally appoints a law clerk to assist in legal research, memoranda and draft opinion writing, editorial duties, opinion review, discussion of appellate issues and other duties as the individual judge may direct. Appointments are a minimum of one year and begin approximately August 1st.

Each Court of Appeals judge conducts his/her own individual application and interview. Recruitment and selection activities vary with the individual judge. See specific information below.

To apply for a law clerk position in the Court of Appeals, please send the required application materials to the attention of the individual judge at:

Court of Appeals District I
330 East Kilbourn Avenue, Suite 1020
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3161

Judge William W. Brash III
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Timothy Dugan
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge M. Joseph Donald
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Maxine A. White.
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Court of Appeals District II
2727 N. Grandview Blvd, Suite 300
Waukesha, WI 53188-1672

Judge Lisa Neubauer
Judge Neubauer is currently accepting applications for Court of Appeals—District II - Law Clerk for an appointment on 10/1/2020. Click here to see the job description. Applicants must possess a degree form an accredited law school as of the appointment date for the clerkship. The salary range for this position is $64,009 to $66,143. To apply for this position, combine a cover letter, resume, law school transcripts, and three references into a single PDF document and send to human.resources@wicourts.gov. The subject line of the email should read: COA District II - Law Clerk. Applications must be received by August 19, 2020. Failure to follow the application directions and the request for the email subject line may result in disqualification.

Judge Paul F. Reilly
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Mark D. Gundrum
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Jeffrey Davis
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Court of Appeals District III
2100 Stewart Avenue, Suite 310
Wausau, WI 54401

Judge Lisa K. Stark
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Thomas Hruz
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Mark Seidl
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Court of Appeals District IV
2921 Landmark Place, Suite 415
Madison, WI 53713

Judge Michael R. Fitzpatrick
No current vacancy.

Judge Brian W. Blanchard
No current vacancy.

Judge JoAnne F. Kloppenburg
No current vacancy.

Judge Rachel Graham
No current vacancy.

Judge Jennifer Nashold
No current vacancy.

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