Program Overview

While traditional clerkship opportunities are available only to select law school graduates from the top of their class, Temple Law is proud to offer a unique federal judicial clerkship clinical for current law students. Students in Temple’s prestigious Federal Judicial Clerkship Clinical Honors Program work for federal judges over the course of a full academic year and participate in the practical aspects of jurisprudence. Working alongside judges and their full-time clerks, students draft orders, research issues, prepare bench memoranda, and observe judicial proceedings. The program consists of eight to ten hours a week in chambers and a classroom component focused on the current issues impacting the federal courts. The classroom component of the course is taught by Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg, United States District Court Judge.

Placement Criteria

Placement in the Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Program is highly competitive and selection of students for the program is determined by a faculty committee review of applications. Selected students are matched with a United States Court of Appeals judge, a United States District Court judge, a United States Bankruptcy Court judge, or a United States Magistrate judge.

Applying To The Program

Current students interested in the Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Program should submit an application form (PDF).

Download Application Form (PDF)

Contact Associate Director Noeleen Urmson at for more information.