Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas has announced that the great majority of judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit have agreed to follow a new national law clerk hiring plan.
Starting with students who entered law school in 2017, the application and hiring process for law clerks will not begin until after a law student's second year.
For students who entered law school in 2017 (the graduating class of 2020), judges will not accept applications before June 15, 2019. For students who enter law school in 2018 (graduating class of 2021), judges will not accept applications before June 15, 2020.
Participating judges will keep a clerkship offer open for at least 48 hours to allow an applicant sufficient time consider the offer.
The consensus among Ninth Circuit judges in support of the plan was revealed by way of an informal polling. A number of other circuit courts are also implementing the plan.
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