The application process for the 2024 Judicial Clerkship Training Academy is now open!


Individuals who have been hired as law clerks for judges with start dates in 2024 are encouraged to apply to attend the Judicial Clerkship Training Academy, hosted by The Heritage Foundation on March 20-22, 2024. 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 (although we have accepted a few applicants who accepted clerkships for State Supreme Court Justices). The faculty will include judges, prominent academics, and well-known legal practitioners.

For reference, this year’s academy curriculum, with session topics and invited speakers, can be found here.

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Participation in the 2024 Judicial Clerkship Training Academy is competitive, as seats are limited. Completed applications must be received by no later than Monday, January 22, 2024. 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 2, 2024. As in previous years, our goal is to host the Academy in-person.

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

(a) Round-trip airfare or train fare up to a maximum of $500.00 per attendee for travel to and from the Judicial Clerkship Training Academy (attendees will need to cover airfare or train fare amounts above $500.00);

(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 Katie Samalis at [email protected], 202-608-6181.

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