Employment opportunities

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

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 Daniel Kelly
One clerkship available beginning August 1, 2020
Application requirements: Letter of interest, current resume, law school transcript, a writing sample that is the sole work product of the applicant unedited by third parties, and two professional or academic letters of recommendation (may be submitted separately). Law review or substantial legal research experience is required. Application materials should be addressed to Justice Kelly and may be submitted via email or by regular mail at:

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

To submit an email application, please contact Justice Kelly's chambers at (608) 266-1882. Applications will be accepted through August 31, 2019. Please contact Justice Kelly's chambers with any additional inquiries.

Justice Rebecca Frank Dallet
No current vacancy.

Justice Brian Hagedorn
One clerkship available beginning August 1, 2020
Justice Brian K. Hagedorn has one position available for either a one or two-year term law clerk beginning August 1, 2020, and is seeking candidates with strong writing and critical thinking skills and strong attention to detail. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants are required to submit the following application materials: cover letter, resume, law school transcripts, one writing sample (approximately 10 pages - any substantive legal writing is acceptable), and three letters of reference. Please submit all materials in one email and direct any questions to his law clerk Ben Barnett at ben.barnett@wicourts.gov.

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 Kitty Brennan
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Joan Kessler
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

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

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

Judge Mark D. Gundrum
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
10 East Doty Street, Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703-3397

Judge Michael R. Fitzpatrick
No current vacancy.

Judge Brian W. Blanchard
No current vacancy.

Judge JoAnne F. Kloppenburg
One clerkship available beginning August 1, 2020
Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg is seeking a judicial law clerk for the 2020-2021 term. A full description of the judicial law clerk description may be accessed here. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, writing sample, law school transcript (unofficial is fine), and a list of three references to stephanie.bedford@wicourts.gov by September 30, 2019.

Judge Rachel Graham
No current vacancy.

Judge Jennifer Nashold
No current vacancy.

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