Perdue's The All-Inclusive Guide to Judicial Clerking

West Academic Publishing
Primary Subject
Legal Clinic
Academic and Career Success Series
Publication Date
Softbound - New, softbound print book.


The All-Inclusive Guide to Judicial Clerking is a comprehensive resource ideal for current and prospective law clerks and judicial externs as well as law professors who teach judicial drafting courses or direct judicial externship programs. The book explores the purpose and function of a law clerk, the nature and structure of the judiciary, how to apply for and obtain a clerkship, and most importantly, how to perform it well. Among other things, the book explains how to draft judicial opinions, bench memos, orders, and chambers correspondence as well as how to prepare for oral argument, hearings, and trials. It also discusses judicial ethics, professionalism, confidentiality, courtroom decorum, docket management, and other issues that law clerks commonly encounter. The book breaks down complex tasks, such as opinion drafting, into a series of simple, concrete steps and provides checklists, graphical illustrations, annotated judicial opinions, and sample emails, letters, and samples of other documents that law clerks often prepare. The book also shares practical guidance gleaned from law clerks who have served judges across America.

Book Review: The All-Inclusive Guide to Judicial Clerking by Abigail L. Perdue: A Must-Have Resource for Prospective Judicial Clerks and Advisors by Elyse Diamond.