Dean Sager has generously agreed to sponsor airfare, hotel and program registration for four UT Law students to attend the American Bar Association’s Judicial Clerkship Program “Judges and Law Students: Building Relationships that Work,” which will occur during the 2012 ABA Midyear Meeting in New Orleans, LA on February 2-4, 2012. This program is designed to increase diversity in the judiciary and is an excellent opportunity for students who may be considering judicial clerkships to learn about what it is like to be a judicial clerk. Programming will begin at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, and will conclude at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 4. The law school will pay hotel accommodations for two nights (February 2-3).

1Ls and 2Ls are eligible to apply, as long as you have not already secured a judicial clerkship and have not previously attended this conference. Because this program is designed to encourage diversity in the judiciary, students should demonstrate a knowledge of or involvement in racial and ethnic minority communities.

The ABA’s Judicial Clerkship Program gives students the opportunity to network with judges and former law clerks from across the country. The program simulates the clerkship experience, exposes students to what judicial clerks do on a daily basis, broadens your career options, shows how to apply for a judicial clerkship, and demonstrates the benefits of clerking. Students will have the opportunity to interact with federal and state judges in a series of panels and small group discussions as well as at scheduled social events. This program is a great way to make important connections that can lead to a clerkship after graduation. You can learn more by reading the brochure from last year’s ABA Judicial Clerkship Program.

To apply, please submit a copy of your resume, law school transcript (2Ls only), and a one-page essay that describes why you want to attend the conference and why you think it would be beneficial to you, by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 11, to RĂ©mi Ratliff, Director of Judicial Programs, at rratliff@law.utexas.edu.