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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Supreme Court Fellows Program

Each year, the Supreme Court Fellows Commission selects four talented individuals to engage for one year in the work of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the Federal Judicial Center, or the United States Sentencing Commission. The program provides fellows with practical exposure to judicial administration, policy development, and education. Through hands-on participation, fellows gain unique insight into the challenges of federal court management.

The Supreme Court Fellows Program has traditionally provided opportunities for mid-career professionals drawn from the fields of law and political science. This year, the Supreme Court Fellows Program will also offer those opportunities to recent law school graduates and doctoral degree recipients with exceptional records of achievement. We are especially interested in applicants who are completing a judicial clerkship and are interested in broadening their understanding of the judicial system through exposure to federal court administration. The fellowship experience will be especially valuable to people who are interested in pursuing an academic career or a career in public service. We have designed four different fellowship options to provide a range of career development experiences.

The Program, which provides four fellows annually with practical exposure to judicial administration, policy development, and education, has been updated this year to target recent law school graduates and doctoral degree recipients with exceptional records of achievement—especially those who are serving or recently completed a judicial clerkship.   Fellows will receive compensation equivalent to the GS-12/1 grade and step of the government pay scale (currently $74,872) and will be eligible for health insurance and other benefits offered to employees of the federal judiciary. 

The Commission’s hope is that the updated Fellowship will be particularly valuable to junior scholars in the process of entering full-time teaching and research.  In each of the four placements, the Fellow will be expected to produce a publishable paper and will have unique access to federal judges and to officers and staff of the federal judiciary in connection with the research project.  We envision this program will be used in connection with, or in lieu of, law school fellowships and graduate study to prepare a compelling record of scholarship in preparation for full-time academic positions.

 Further information and the online application are available on the Supreme Court’s website, and applications are due by November 15, 2013 (with letters of recommendation due by November 30, 2013).  

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Does anyone know if you have to be a US citizen to score one of these? I thought I had seen that requirement when I looked at these a while ago, but I just read carefully through the application form and didn't see any mention of citizenship or nationality requirements.

Posted by: canonymous | Nov 8, 2013 6:44:53 AM

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