Each judge selects candidates according to factors they have personally identified, the most common of which is usually GPA and law school. Judges also look for indications of excellent writing ability, usually journal membership, and the ability to work and play well with others. Some have specific interests that they look for, such as a commitment to public interest or intellectual property work. Others rely almost exclusively on law school contacts to recommend interviewees. It just depends on the judge.
The goal is for your application to be noticed and pulled out of the pile. A successful judicial clerkship candidate applies broadly and intelligently—this means that the candidate has (1) realistically assessed his/her credentials and applied to judges of the type who are likely to be impressed, (2) not limited himself/herself to a few desirable large cities, and (3) used his/her own and his/her advisor’s contacts and connections. Texas Law’s Judicial Clerkship Program is here to help students navigate these decisions.
Please review the compilation of statistics from recent years about interviews and judicial clerkships received by Texas Law students.