What Is OSCAR?

OSCAR, the Online System for Clerkship Application and Review, is a secure, user-friendly, 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. All OSCAR policies, operations, and federal law clerk hiring best practices are governed by the OSCAR Working Group, a committee made up of federal judges and law school representatives.

To view open law clerk or staff attorney positions, apply for a position, post a notice of a position, review applications, and more, register for an account.

For assistance or answers to questions, contact the OSCAR Program Office at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts at 866-666-2120 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), or email oscar-support@ao.uscourts.gov.


How Can You Use OSCAR?

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Judges use OSCAR to manage a current profile that informs applicants of hiring practices and schedules, post positions online to find law clerks who fit their exact needs, reduce paper use in chambers by accepting and managing applications online, and communicate with applicants and law schools to advertise clerkship vacancies.

Staff Attorney Offices use OSCAR to manage a profile that informs applicants of hiring practices and schedules, post positions online to find staff attorneys who fit their exact needs, reduce paper use by accepting and managing applications online, and communicate with applicants and law schools to advertise vacancies.

Applicants use OSCAR to find clerkship and staff attorney positions that fit their specific career goals, research judges' hiring practices and schedules, create and submit applications all in one location, and easily generate electronic requests for recommendations letters with each application.

Recommenders use OSCAR to easily submit confidential letters of recommendation for applicants, and save templates that automatically update for each judge or staff attorney office that the applicant applies to.

Law School Administrators use OSCAR to stay informed of current law clerk and staff attorney openings and recruitment practices; assist applicants and faculty recommenders on law clerk and staff attorney recruitment; upload letters of recommendation on behalf of faculty to expedite the application process; and utilize unique reports to track and manage applicants, recommenders, and hiring data.

Court Unit Administrators use OSCAR to manage the application process for judges and utilize unique reports to track and manage law clerk hiring.

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