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Judicial Clerkships - Researching Judges Workshop - Jan. 30, 2020: Additional Information on Judicial Clerkships

Books on Judicial Clerkships

Do you want to learn more about how to apply for a judicial clerkship, what to expect from the role, how to impress your supervising judge, and how it will bring future success to your legal career? The following guides will provide detailed insight into what judicial clerkships are and what kind of opportunities they provide for law students.

  • Judicial Clerkships: A Practical Guide by Mary L. Dunnewold. (Available at Law Library Book Stacks, 3rd and 4th Floor KF8807.D86 2010, also available through Assistant Dean of Public Services, Rita Sheffey). Comprehensive overview of the work of a judicial clerk, beginning with the application process and providing "refreshers" on writing and research skills.
  • Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, 3d ed. 2017 (Available online through HeinOnline) Extensive e-book for federal law clerks published by Federal Judicial Center
  • Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships, 2d ed. (Available at Law Library Book Stacks, 3rd and 4th Floor KF8771.S77 2016; also available through Assistant Dean of Public Services, Rita Sheffey). Guide covering all aspects of clerkships, including the interview process.


Judicial Clerkships at Emory Law

To learn more about Judicial Clerkship opportunities at Emory Law, please visit: and contact Assistant Dean Rita Sheffey at

Resources Available through Assistant Dean of Public Service

While you are visiting Dean Sheffey, ask her about the following resources she has available to sign out to students:

So Ordered: The Writer's Guide for Aspiring Judges, Judicial Clerks, and Interns​ ​by Jill Barton

In Chambers​: A Guide for Judicial Clerks & Externs by Jennifer Sheppard


Vermont Clerkship Guide

A guide created by Vermont Law School to help you navigate clerkships. For login information, please contact Rita Sheffey.


Another highly recommended book to improve your legal writing skills (which you will need for your judicial clerkships or any other legal position):

Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer's Guide to Effective Writing and Editing by Stephen V. Armstrong and Timothy P. Terrell