Competition for judicial clerkships is expected to be heavier than normal this year due to law firm hiring (or lack thereof). Because of that I wanted to mention a few resources that can help when applying for judicial clerkships.

Earlier this summer I blogged about the Clerkship Notification Blog. It and the Law Clerk Addict Blog are good places to go to find out which judges have already hired, are interviewing now, etc. Many federal judges post notifices of available clerkships and receive applications on OSCAR. For the judges that adhere to the OSCAR system, applications are released to them on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009.

The CSO’s Judicial Clerkship Handbook is a great place to find good information as well. Here in the library we have some good clerkship resources. Most are located in the reference collection behind the reference desk. One of the best is the Almanac of the Federal Judiciary (KF 8775 .A945), which contains biographical information about all federal judges. It discusses some of their noteworthy rulings and has a section where lawyers evaluate each judge.