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The Law Clerk Handbook provides an overview of law clerk responsibilities, chambers operations, and the work of the federal courts. Potential and current law clerks, as well as their colleagues, will find helpful information on conduct, ethics, types of federal court litigation, chambers and case management, court governance and administration, legal research and writing, and resources for additional information on these topics.

The PDF of the Law Clerk Handbook is available below. Requests for the print version will be filled when it becomes available. 

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This pamphlet provides an overview of law clerks’ ethical obligations as well as resources they can consult for further information. It covers topics such as confidentiality, conflicts of interest, political activities, online activities, and gifts, and includes examples that illustrate challenges law clerks may face. It also has an Ethics Checklist for Federal Judicial Law Clerks, which helps law clerks identify ethics problems that may arise.

The 2019 revised fourth edition will include the new provisions in the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees that were approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States on March 12, 2019. Prepublication orders are being accepted, and will be filled as soon as print copies are available.

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This pamphlet provides an overview of law clerks’ ethical obligations as well as resources they can consult for further information. It covers topics such as confidentiality, conflicts of interest, political activities, online activities, and gifts, and includes examples that illustrate challenges law clerks may face. It also has an Ethics Checklist for Federal Judicial Law Clerks, which helps law clerks identify ethics problems that may arise.

This 2018 revised edition is no longer available in hard copy. A 2019 revised edition is in preparation to include the new provisions in the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees that were approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States on March 12, 2019. Prepublication orders are being accepted, and will be filled as soon as print copies are available. See Maintaining the Public Trust: Ethics for Federal Judicial Law Clerks, Revised Fourth Edition (2019).

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This handbook provides an overview of chambers operations and the work of the federal courts.

The revised third edition contains updates to § 2.2 of the handbook, which include clarifying language regarding workplace harassment.

Superseded by Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, Fourth Edition (2020).

These are supporting materials for the Interactive Orientation for Federal Judicial Law Clerks (iOLC).

Archival Copy on File

This handbook provides an overview of chambers operations and the work of the federal courts.

§ 2.2 of the handbook was revised in December 2017 to include clarifying language regarding workplace harassment (see printable insert pages below).

Superseded by Law Clerk Handbook: A Handbook for Law Clerks to Federal Judges, Revised Third Edition (2017).

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The handbook, published in 2007, provides an overview of chambers operations and the work of the federal courts. This Korean translation was undertaken in 2015 by the Seoul High Court. The Federal Judicial Center cannot vouch for the accuracy of the translation.

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This pamphlet provides an overview of law clerks’ ethical obligations as well as resources they can consult for further information. It covers topics such as confidentiality, conflicts of interest, political activities, online activities, and gifts, and includes examples that illustrate challenges law clerks may face. It also has an Ethics Checklist for Federal Judicial Law Clerks, which helps law clerks identify ethics problems that may arise. The fourth edition includes the new provisions in the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees effective August 1, 2013.
 
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This pamphlet provides an overview of law clerks' ethical obligations as well as resources they can consult for further information. It covers topics such as confidentiality, conflicts of interest, political activities, online activities, and gifts, and includes examples that illustrate challenges law clerks may face. It also has an Ethics Checklist for Federal Judicial Law Clerks, which helps law clerks identify ethics problems that may arise.

Superseded by Maintaining the Public Trust: Ethics for Federal Judicial Law Clerks, Fourth Edition (2013).

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The reports below detail the results of two surveys, conducted in 2010–2011, of bankruptcy attorneys and bankruptcy clerks of court about court practices regarding applications for payment of administrative expenses. Appendix A provides examples of existing court procedures for requests of such payments.

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