If an applicant has asked you to write a letter of recommendation in OSCAR for the first time, you will receive two emails from oscar-support@ao.uscourts.gov: one email containing a username, and a second email with a temporary password. This will allow you to log in to OSCAR to submit the recommendation. If you did not receive the emails with your username and password, or misplaced the information, you can contact the OSCAR Help Desk for assistance.

Once logged in to OSCAR, navigate to Your Recommendation Requests on your home page. Click the Fill Clerkship Recommendations button located next to the request.

This will bring you to the Clerkship Recommendations tab. Scroll to the bottom of the page (you can bypass the search option) to locate the name of the applicant requesting the recommendation. Click on the last name to begin filling the pending request.

OSCAR will then guide you through the process of uploading your recommendation:

  1. Select the judge(s) to receive your recommendation letter.
  2. Select to enter your letter via the online editor or upload a PDF file.
  3. Review and confirm your letter.

If an applicant is applying to multiple positions, you can designate your letter of recommendation to automatically be included with all future applications.

Further information helpful to recommenders can be found in the OSCAR Quick Reference Guide for Recommenders. Also see the tip sheets titled How Letters of Recommendation Work in OSCAR, Enter a Recommendation Letter Using the Online Editor, and Upload a Letter of Recommendation from a PDF File located under "Help" when logged into your account.

And remember, if you have any questions on using OSCAR, you can contact the help desk at 866-666-2120, Monday through Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM, or email oscar-support@ao.uscourts.gov.

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