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Judicial Clerks

Judicial Clerks

Jones Day values the knowledge and experience judicial clerks gain from working closely with judges and justices and observing judicial proceedings, and for that reason many of our summer associates do clerkships before returning to Jones Day and we actively seek to hire other judicial clerks. More than 300 of our lawyers have served as clerks in federal or state trial and appellate courts, including a significant number of former U.S. Supreme Court clerks. We find that former law clerks appreciate the opportunities Jones Day offers to work on interesting, complex matters that draw on the skills developed through clerking. While many judicial clerks are interested in our appellate and general litigation work, including our Issues & Appeals Practice, a number of former clerks have joined Jones Day in other practices including M&A, Tax, Government Regulation, and Intellectual Property. Incoming clerks generally begin their careers at Jones Day in the New Lawyers Group, which allows them the freedom to explore various Firm practices before committing to one.

Generally, judicial clerks joining Jones Day directly from a federal court clerkship receive a competitive bonus, reflecting the value the Firm places on the clerkship experience. In addition, the Firm provides credit for the time spent clerking for both compensation and seniority purposes.

We welcome applications directly from judicial clerks.  We do not accept judicial clerk resumes from search firms.

Judicial Clerk FAQs

Q. Does Jones Day offer seniority or compensation credit to associates joining the Firm after a judicial clerkship?
A. Yes. Jones Day offers both a bonus and seniority credit (for both compensation and seniority purposes) to associates joining the Firm directly from an eligible federal court, state supreme court, or U.S. Supreme Court clerkship.

Q. To what practice will I be assigned when joining Jones Day after a judicial clerkship?
A. Incoming clerks generally join the New Lawyers Group, which allows them the freedom to explore various practices at Jones Day before committing to one. 

Q. How can I find a Jones Day lawyer who has served as a clerk on a particular court?
A. This information can be found by visiting the Lawyer Search page.

Q. Whom should I contact to learn more about judicial clerk hiring at Jones Day?
A. We invite you to contact Beth Heifetz, the Judicial Clerk Hiring Partner, by email, with any questions.

Q. What is the preferred application method?
A. We prefer to receive submission online through SelfApply

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