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Career Services Resources and Strategies: Federal law clerk and appellate staff attorney recruitment.


OSCAR, the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review, is a web-based system for federal law clerk and appellate staff attorney recruitment. OSCAR’s extensive set of features allows users to easily manage every aspect of the hiring process. Using OSCAR, applicants can easily apply to federal clerkships (chambers, pro se, death penalty, and bankruptcy appellate panel) and staff attorney positions; law school administrators and recommenders can help students, graduates, and law professionals advance their careers; and judges, chambers staff, and staff attorney offices can find the candidates most suited to their needs.

OSCAR also serves as an informational portal for applicants and law schools to research judges and staff attorney offices hiring practices, preferences, and timelines.

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) manages the OSCAR program. The AO established the OSCAR Working Group of federal judges and law school representatives who provide recommendations to the AO on OSCAR program policies, system enhancements, and law clerk hiring best practices.