Types of Clerkships

Below are lists of courts with judges that typically hire term law clerks. There are a variety of opportunities for applicants with different interests, experiences and qualifications. We have also compiled a more specific list of courts to give a better idea of where Texas Law students have clerked/are clerking/will clerk.

Current students, alumni and faculty/staff can access a detailed list of former, current and upcoming Texas Law judicial clerks and their judges here.

Federal Courts

  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (13 circuits, including District of Columbia and the Federal Circuit)
  • U.S. District Courts (including District of Columbia, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands)
  • U.S. District Court Magistrate Judges
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Courts
  • U.S. Court of International Trade
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • U.S. Tax Court (usually requires an L.L.M. in Tax)
  • Federal Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”: more than 30 federal government departments and agencies employ more than 1,000 administrative law judges who hire law clerks (called administrative assistants or special assistants). Examples include the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Department of Labor, Drug Enforcement Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, National Labor Relations Board, Securities and Exchange Commission, etc.
  • Immigration Courts: The Immigration Courts hire approximately 20 law clerks to assist Chief Immigration Judges throughout the nation for a one-year period.

State Courts

  • State Supreme Courts
  • State Intermediate Appellate Courts
  • State Trial Courts

Texas Courts

  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
  • Texas Intermediate Appellate Courts (usually only the 1st, 5th, 11th, and 14th)