Vermont trial court law clerks—both recent law school graduates and experienced practitioners— concentrate on legal research and writing for all judges of the civil, criminal, family, probate, and environmental divisions of the Superior Court on location throughout the state. They are hired initially for a one-year term, and there are opportunities for more senior and staff attorney positions. The annual recruitment typically occurs in the spring for positions starting the ensuing fall.
Supreme Court law clerks are hired directly by the justices. Announcements of openings are shared with accredited law schools throughout the nation and posted to the Vermont Judiciary's website. Supreme Court justices review application materials, interview the most qualified applicants by invitation, and make a final determination. Supreme Court law clerks are usually hired for a one-year term, but a justice may extend an invitation for an additional year.