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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

Chief Justice Patience D. Roggensack
One clerkship available beginning August 1, 2018 and ending July 31, 2019. Application requirements: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters can be sent separately. Law review and/or moot court experience is preferred. Applications should be addressed to Chief Justice Roggensack and may be sent either by regular mail or emailed to Chief Justice Roggensack's judicial assistant at jule.lacey@wicourts.gov. Applications will be accepted through June 2, 2017. Interviews will be scheduled the beginning to middle of June 2017. Questions may be directed to Jule Lacey, Judicial Assistant, or Samuel Robins, Law Clerk, at (608) 266-1888.

Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson
No current vacancy.

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley
No current vacancy.

Justice Annette Ziegler
One clerkship available beginning: August 1, 2018
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 and/or legal research experience is preferred.
Application materials may be submitted to Justice Ziegler by mail at the address above. E-mail applications, please contact Justice Ziegler's judicial assistant at (608) 266-1881 for instructions.

Justice Michael J. Gableman
Justice Gableman is currently considering applications for a clerkship beginning in summer or fall of 2018. The clerkship will be either one or two years depending on the preferences of the candidate and the Justice. The following materials should be included in your application: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be included with the other application materials if possible. Writing samples should be approximately 10 pages and should contain substantive legal analysis. If you would like to submit your application by e-mail, call chambers at (608) 266-1884 for instructions. Please call if you have any other questions or concerns.

Justice Rebecca G. Bradley
One clerkship available beginning August 1, 2018 and ending July 31, 2019, with the potential of continuing for one additional term. Please submit cover letter, resume, writing sample, law school transcript, and two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be submitted separately. Candidates should have strong research, writing, and editing skills. Law review and/or moot court experience are strongly preferred, as are complete second-year grades. Applications will be accepted immediately and second-semester grades can be submitted when available. Deadline for submission is July 31, 2017. Interviews will be scheduled the middle of August 2017.

Applications should be submitted by mail to the address above. To submit an email application, please contact Justice Bradley's chambers at (608) 266-1883 for instructions.

Justice Daniel Kelly
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 Joan Kessler
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Kitty Brennan
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge William W. Brash III
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.

Judge Brian Hagedorn
Judge Brian Hagedorn is currently considering applications for a clerkship beginning August 1, 2018.
Application requirements: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and two to four letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters should be included with the other application materials if possible.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Submit applications by e-mail to michelle.strehl@wicourts.gov. Questions may be directed to Michelle at (262)650-4720.

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

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

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

Judge Mark Seidl
One clerkship available beginning August 1, 2017. Application requirements: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters may be sent separately. Applications should be addressed to Judge Mark Seidl and may be sent either by regular mail or emailed to Judge Seidl's judicial assistant at sarah.barttelt@wicourts.gov. Applications will be accepted through May 30, 2017. Interviews will be scheduled the end of June 2017. Questions may be directed to Sarah Barttelt at (715) 848-1421.

Court of Appeals District IV
10 East Doty Street, Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703-3397

Judge Paul Lundsten
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Paul Higginbotham
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge Gary E. Sherman
No current vacancy.

Judge Brian W. Blanchard
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

Judge JoAnne F. Kloppenburg
No current vacancy. Applications are not accepted.

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