Applications for the 2021 Judicial Clerkship Training Academy have now closed.


    Individuals who have been hired as law clerks for federal judges with start dates in 2021 are encouraged to apply to attend the Judicial Clerkship Training Academy, hosted by The Heritage Foundation on March 24-26, 2021. The Heritage Foundation is a conservative public policy organization, although the application process is open to all qualified applicants. This Academy is designed to prepare attendees to excel as clerks in the U.S. federal court system. The faculty will include judges, prominent academics, and well-known legal practitioners.

     The complete curriculum, with confirmed speakers, can be found here.

    Participation in the 2021 Judicial Clerkship Training Academy is competitive, as seats are limited. Completed applications must be received by no later than Friday, January 22, 2021. Acceptances may be made on a rolling basis until all seats are filled, so applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. All applicants will be notified of decisions regarding acceptances by no later than Friday, February 5, 2021.

   As in previous years, our goal is to host the Academy in-person. We are currently working to secure a venue in Northern Virginia, likely in the Old Town Alexandria area or Arlington. We aim to find a hotel that will work with us on space that can accommodate our size, while still having precautions in place to allow for a safe environment for everyone involved. Although not ideal, if we do need to shift to an entirely virtual setting, we have several platforms that can accommodate our event. We will make a final determination about this in early in 2021.

     The Heritage Foundation will cover out of its general operating funds the following expenses for Judicial Clerkship Training Academy attendees:

     (a) Round-trip airfare or train fare up to a maximum of $250.00 per attendee for travel to and from the Judicial Clerkship Training Academy in Washington, DC (attendees will need to cover airfare or train fare amounts above $250.00);

     (b) Hotel accommodations for two nights for attendees who do not reside within a reasonable commuting distance from the event (or three nights, if the attendee is traveling from a place of residence in the Mountain Time Zone or farther west), including the requisite taxes, during the Judicial Clerkship Training Academy;

     (c) All scheduled meals at Judicial Clerkship Training Academy events; and

     (d) All provided materials.

     Please direct any and all questions regarding the program to Jessica Kline at [email protected], 202-608-6184.