Share The Wealth Clerkship Program For Law Students

Federal District Court Clerkship Opportunities (2019–2020 Term)

This message is to inform you of a special opportunity to be considered for six federal district court clerkships – and one magistrate court clerkship – in one interview, and to encourage you to apply. Judge Jackson and several of his colleagues feel that it is important to encourage more minorities to compete for federal judicial clerkships. These judges accept and consider law clerk applicants of all backgrounds, and this opportunity is merely an effort in addition to, not in lieu of, traditional application channels. Rising 3Ls, as well as law school graduates, interested in federal clerkships should apply. Unfortunately, rising 2Ls are not allowed to apply for 2019-2020 term clerkships.

The Share the Wealth Judicial Law Clerk Program is a referral program run by judges. Participating judges screen qualified law student applicants, conduct panel interviews with twelve students, and consider them for full-time clerkship positions. At the conclusion of this initial process, students who are not extended an offer by one of the judges may have their application packages shared with additional judges who have requested information on applicants through JTB.

Six federal judges will be conducting a round of interviews in connection with Just the Beginning–A Pipeline Organization’s Share the Wealth Judicial Law Clerk Program. Twelve students will be selected to interview; you may not attend unless you are specifically invited to do so. The interview will occur in Alexandria, Virginia on Saturday, August 25, 2018. The selected students will be notified of the exact location of the interview and their time slot.

The following six federal district judges will be participating in the 2018 law clerk interview session: Judge Raymond Jackson (EDVA.); Judge Linda Parker (EDMI); Judge Benita Pearson (NDOH), Judge Margaret Seymour (DSC); Judge Ivan Lemelle (EDLA); Judge Tanya Pratt (SDIN). Additionally, United States Magistrate Judge Ivan Davis (EDVA) will also be participating. Please note that most clerkships are for one-year terms starting in 2019.

Each judge will review applications and participate in deciding which students to invite to this special round of interviews. You must submit a separate application package via OSCAR to each judge whom you would like to consider your application. Please see below for further clarification on application deadlines and submission guidelines for specific judges. The panel will only interview candidates who will agree to be considered for a clerkship by at least four of the six participating judges. The application deadline is July 21, 2018.

The page that follows contains instructions for submitting your clerkship application materials online via OSCAR. Paper applications will not be accepted (except Judge Pearson). If you are considering applying to these judges, it is of the utmost importance that you begin to gather your application materials now.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Pamela Thorbs
Judicial Administrator & Assistant to the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division
Tel. (757) 222-7003





Share The Wealth Judicial Clerkship Online Application Instructions

Follow the instructions below to apply to the participating judges through OSCAR.  All application materials must be submitted through OSCAR by July 21, 2018.

  1. Log into your OSCAR account.
  2. Click on “My Profile.”
  3. Click on the “Edit Profile” box above the “Contact Information” section.
  4. Scroll down to the “Professional Organization” section.
  5. Type “Just The Beginning” in the box as shown below: