Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships, 2nd edition!


Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships, 2nd edition

by Debra M. Strauss, J.D.

Book Information:

  • West Academic Publishing 2017
  • ISBN: 9781628103823
  • 360 pages
  • Softbound: $23 (US$)
  • e-book: $17.25 (also available for Kindle)
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They say that behind every great judge is his or her law clerk. A clerkship offers a unique opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes into the practical workings of a judge's chambers and courtroom, to impact the law through the judge’s decision-making, and, ultimately, to gain a lifelong mentor. A key credential for future law practice in any area, a judicial clerkship is itself a valuable life experience.

With all of the courts and clerkship opportunities out there, where do you begin? This comprehensive guide takes you on an incredible journey through the maze of courts and clerkships, and helps you to assess the factors that are most important to you in choosing the best court and judge for you.

Drawing on the author’s substantial experiences as a former federal law clerk, director of judicial clerkships at Yale Law School, and author of the National Judicial Clerkship Study, she presents data and valuable advice for prospective judicial clerks. Also included are insights drawn from multitudes of interviews with other former law clerks, legal practitioners, and judges across the country.




Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships is filled with nuts and bolts advice on all aspects of the application process, including building a successful application, interviewing, etiquette of offers and acceptances, and special strategies designed to help you in your quest for the perfect clerkship. To further lay the groundwork for a positive experience, this title also features a special section on how to prepare for your clerkship, as well as the Code of Conduct for Law Clerks.

The newly revised second edition includes updated information and resources as your go-to source on judicial clerkships. As an entrée into the world of the courts, this is an indispensable handbook for every law student and potential judicial clerk!

Table of Contents

Book Reviews

About The Author


See also the original first edition of the book and these other published resources from Debra Strauss [Click here]

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