Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development Ben Barros
and the Career Development Office
held a discussion with students on the benefits of clerkships on Tuesday, September 6th at 12 p.m. in the Pit on the Harrisburg campus. More than fifty students attended the informative hour-long event.
Harrisburg Career Development Director Karen Durkin
, explained that clerkships are open to all students regardless of class rank. There are many different qualities that appeal to judges in addition to good grades, such as good research and writing skills, specific classes taken during law school, and good personality and temperament. Judges also appreciate individuals who are respectful to their secretary and staff and who are capable of representing the court well.
While Clerks generally make between make between $35,000-$55,000 per year along with benefits, some appellate clerks may make up to $65,000 per year. Some trial level clerks are encouraged to take cases in addition to their clerkship duties, which allows them to earn more.
Professor Barros emphasized that students should not be discouraged if the salary of a clerkship seems low. “Your first salary is not your last salary. I look at judicial clerkships as a worthy investment.”
Roughly 25% of Widener Harrisburg’s graduating class does a clerkship. The Career Development Office also provided the students with handouts containing the requirements and deadlines for judicial clerkships in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland.