February 2019
Reminder: OSCAR Access Date
Law school students graduating in 2020 gained access to OSCAR on February 6, 2019, to register for an account, upload documents, search for clerkship positions, and build online applications. The system will store these applications and release them to judges on June 17, 2019 . ( Note: The class of 2019 and alumni will continue to have full level of access to OSCAR year-round and applications will be released to judges instantly.) Judges , please update your profile and hiring practices so applicants and law schools can see your hiring status.
OSCAR Version 8 Enhancements
OSCAR Version 8 system enhancements were deployed on February 12, 2019. Now students with 2 years of law school grades and a joint-degree, part-time, or other alternate graduation date can access OSCAR. Students with approved alternate graduation dates will be designated as “AGD” in the Applicants List.
Training & Resources
The OSCAR Program Office provides training sessions to help judges, chambers staff, court unit administrators, and staff attorney offices become familiar with using OSCAR. Check below for upcoming training events, tools, and materials available throughout the year.
Upcoming Webinar for Judges and Chambers Staff
The OSCAR Program Office is offering webinars for judges and chambers staff on managing and reviewing applications in OSCAR. Learn how to search and sort applicants, request document updates, organize applications in folders, and more.
Register for the date and time of your choice using the links below.
Training at Your Own Speed  
 Want to learn more about using OSCAR?
We offer one-on-on training to all users.
Choose from any topic you prefer, such as:
  • Opening and closing clerkship positions
  • Reviewing applications
  • Managing chambers staff accounts

Help Us Help You  
 The OSCAR Program Office is seeking input on upcoming training topics for our users.

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How Do I … Prepare for the Hiring Season?
As the new year begins, here are some reminders on how to prepare for the 2019 hiring season. Learn how to update your profile and hiring preferences, post positions, and email applicants and law schools (must log into OSCAR to view) .
Review the tip sheets for detailed instructions:
Message from OSCAR Management
The OSCAR Program Office is excited to begin 2019 with the launch of OSCAR Version 8. We hope you will enjoy the new features as you continue to use OSCAR. As we move through the year, our development of NextGen OSCAR will continue with the goal of a greatly improved law clerk and staff attorney hiring system. We look forward to keeping you updated along the way!
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