Application Checklist

Judicial Clerkships: Checklist

  1. Speak to your professors about being a faculty recommender. Get affirmation that they will write for you, make deadlines, and get them the information they need to write you a STELLAR recommendation letter.
  2. Complete and return to Cybele by May 16, 2011:
    • Faculty Recommender Form
    • FERPA release form  for all full-time OSU Moritz faculty, and one for Dean Alan Michaels in case you need a Dean’s letter of recommendation in the fall. (We do not process letters for adjuncts or employers).
  3. It is highly encouraged that you set an appointment to talk over your judge list with one of your faculty recommenders.
  4. Prepare the documents you will send in your paper packets and upload for OSCAR judges:
    • Cover Letters, PLEASE build in time for Cybele or a faculty member to PROOFREAD before you send out or upload on OSCAR
    • Resume
    • Writing Samples
    • Transcript (once class rankings are complete)
    • Faculty Recommendation Letters will be printed, sealed and returned to you about 10 days before they can be received in chambers on September 6, 2011.
  5. Begin researching Judges
  6. Get used to manipulating spreadsheets and using mail merge.
  7. Put on your proofing glasses, you are responsible for proofing judge names, addresses and the like. Carol Peirano has literally 10-15,000 letters to produce in a window of a few weeks. She can’t do it for you.
  8. Follow OSCAR and Moritz deadlines. Don’t be afraid to ask your faculty if they have completed your letters. Remember, this may be your priority, but it’s their summer!

Failure to meet deadlines means we can no longer guarantee your application materials will be ready by the mailing and OSCAR dates! Scheduled date for rollout of OSCAR 6.0 is May 20. At this time, 2012 law school graduates will be able to access OSCAR to post, search and submit materials. Questions can always be emailed to Cybele at smith.302@osu.edu.