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Application and Interview Information for Federal Judicial Placements

Spring 2014

Application for Participation, Spring 2014  [.doc file]

Learning about federal judicial placements

Federal judicial placements begin in the spring semester of a student’s 2L (second year) and continue in the fall of their 3L (third year); however, there are some opportunities for federal judicial placements for only 3L students.  For more information you can view the informational video (Federal Judicial Placement Program), or contact Katherene Holtzinger Conner or Bonnie McCauslin. Interviews for 2014 positions will take place on Friday, October 14, 2011.

Federal Judicial placements with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania are available with the following judges:

  • U.S. District Court Judge William W. Caldwell
  • U.S. District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner 
  • U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones
  • U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane 
  • U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia Rambo
  • U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson
  • U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Andrew Smyser

Students interested in learning more about the court can go to the website for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. You should also feel free to contact students currently in federal judicial placements.

Applying for federal judicial placements

To apply for one or more federal judicial placements, you will use the Career Portal managed by the Career Planning & Development Office. A user guide for the Career Portal is provided. Students who have lost or forgotten their passwords will be able to secure new ones by using the “Forgot Password” tab on the home page.

To view the field placement listings in the system, click on the “Recruitment” tab and select the “2012 Federal Judicial Fieldplacements” session. Upload your application materials into the Career Portal and click the “apply” button by the deadline: midnight, October 6, 2011. You will need to apply to each judge separately. The required materials include a cover letter, résumé, writing sample and eLion transcript. Transfer students will need to create a grade sheet in place of an eLion transcript. Cover letters should be addressed to the Judges, not the Law Clerks. Also, students should note that the inside address and the salutation differ from one another in a letter to a judge, for example.

Students having difficulty using the Career Portal should contact Career Planning & Development Office.

CPDO will notify you by e-mail if you are selected for one or more interviews with the Judges’ Law Clerks. You must then log in and schedule the interview time(s). Signing up for time slots is on a first-come, first-served basis. Interviews will be held at Carlisle on Friday, October 14, 2011. Students in University Park may elect to interview by videoconference or in person. UP students who receive interviews must contact Bonnie McCauslin as soon as possible to inform her whether they will be coming to Carlisle or interviewing by videoconference equipment at UP.