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How to Apply

We invite applications from exceptionally able and trustworthy individuals who seek to deepen their knowledge of the federal judicial system. Successful candidates will have excellent written and oral communication skills, be highly motivated and creative, and perform well in demanding professional environments.


Only applicants who are U.S. citizens and hold a J.D. or other post-graduate degree will be considered.

The Commission is especially interested in candidates who are completing or have recently completed at least one judicial clerkship and anticipate pursuing careers in the academy or in public service.

Selection Process

The Supreme Court Fellows Commission selects fellows through a highly competitive process that includes review of submitted materials and interviews of finalists.

The Commission’s review of applications begins promptly after the filing deadline. The Commission selects a small group of finalists and will notify them of selection by January. Finalists are invited to a two-day interview program in Washington, D.C., in late February or early March, timed to coincide with the Supreme Court Fellows Program Alumni Association’s annual dinner. Finalists attend the annual dinner at the Supreme Court, as well as a public event sponsored by the Fellows Program, often featuring a Justice.

The Program will pay the finalists’ travel expenses in accordance with federal allowances. Finalists will be notified of selection decisions within two weeks of the interviews.

Application Requirements

Online Application Form

  • Candidate information form
  • Résumé highlighting academic, professional, and personal achievements
  • Original research proposal on a legal topic of scholarly interest tied to at least one fellowship placement

Letters of Recommendation

  • Two candidate recommendations, sent directly by the recommenders, preferably including at least one letter from a judge

Contact Us

Submit questions about the Program in writing, or call 202-479-3475.

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