Summer Clerkship Program

Your clerkship at Boardman Clark will give you a look into the life of an attorney in Wisconsin. Boardman Clark is one of the most prominent law firms in Madison, located right on the Capitol Square.

The summer clerkship program at Boardman Clark has exceeded my expectations. I appreciate how the program structure and firm environment provides a supportive atmosphere to grow and learn about what it is really like to practice law.

Sarah Horner, 2018 Clerk

Boardman Clark is one of the few law firms in Wisconsin that offers clerkships to both 1L and 2L law students. As a clerk, you’ll have unmatched professional resources and will be given the opportunity to grow your legal skills and build professional networks. While here, you will experience day-to-day life at a law firm. Clerks at Boardman Clark assist our attorneys with both litigation and transactional work. In addition to memo writing and research, you will have a front-row seat to client meetings, closings, trials, oral arguments, and depositions.

A one-of-a-kind summer with Boardman Clark will give you experiences both inside and outside the office. 

Past professional development opportunities have included:

  • Tour of Federal Courthouse, Introduction to Judges
  • “Library talks” presented by attorneys from different practice areas
  • Attend various practice group meetings
  • Attend seminars and presentations by Boardman Clark attorneys
  • Tour of the State Law Library, training on using State Law Library Resources
  • Personalized feedback from partners, associates, and dedicated “writing mentors”

A summer clerkship with Boardman is not complete without some fun. Clerks will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with Boardman Clark attorneys, staff, and clients at a wide variety of events.  

The work was real and diverse – I attended family law mediations, drafted commercial litigation briefs, reviewed trademark applications, and wrote labor & employment memoranda that were given directly to clients. This process allowed me to explore my legal interests and build meaningful relationships with attorneys who now guide my practice as an associate.

Brenna McLaughlin, 2017 Clerk

Past activities have included:

  • Dinners hosted by partners at their homes
  • Outdoor theater at American Player’s Theater in Spring Green
  • Concerts on the Square from Boardman Clark’s beautiful rooftop terrace
  • Jazz at Five at the top of State Street
  • Guided tours of rural breweries and Atwood Avenue culinary hotspots
  • Cooking classes
  • Informal meeting opportunities with partners and associates

Please contact Michele Hobbs if you have any questions about the summer clerkship program or application process. We look forward to hearing from you!

To Apply

UW Law Students Non-UW Students
How to apply Please apply through Symplicity. Please send resume, cover letter writing sample, and law school transcript to Michele Hobbs.
Deadline Please contact the Office of Career and Professional Development for information about on campus interview application deadlines. 1L – February 1st
2L – August 1st

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