Each year, one candidate is selected to serve in a time-limited assignment as an Earl Warren Fellow in the California Office of the Solicitor General (OSG). The Solicitor General is responsible for ensuring excellence in the Attorney General’s appellate practice. The OSG serves as a clearinghouse for appeals handled by the Department; provides appeals advice to all divisions of the Ministry; prepares or oversees the preparation of briefs, motions, and other documents filed in appellate courts, including the Supreme Courts of the United States and California; and litigates selected appeals in federal and state courts. The Earl Warren Fellow participates in and supports the overall operations of OSG and works with other OSG and Department attorneys on a wide variety of civil and criminal cases involving significant constitutional, statutory and political issues , often under tight deadlines. Duties include researching and advising on complex or novel legal issues; assist in the review and preparation of recommendations for action in appellate cases, including filing or joining amicus curiae briefs in major cases; manage or assist in the drafting and editing of factums and other court documents and the preparation of oral arguments, including participation in mock trials; and assist in the development and implementation of best practices for appellate litigation. We expect an Earl Warren Fellow to have the ability to argue at least one appeal in state or federal court.
For the 2023-2024 program, the deadline to submit your application is October 24, 2022.
The Earl Warren Fellowship is open to third-year law students and final-year students in other graduate law programs (e.g., LL.M. programs) at an accredited law school, newly admitted attorneys in the first year of practice, to court clerks, and people participating in government, university or public interest scholarships. Applicants for the Earl Warren Fellowship Program should have an excellent academic record and strong writing skills. Applicants must be members of the California Bar or plan to take the July 2023 California Bar Exam. Failure to pass the California Bar Exam may result in termination of the program. We encourage all applicants to take the California Bar exam as soon as possible.
In addition to the minimum eligibility requirements, desirable qualifications include: experience in a newspaper, moot court and/or mock trial; and a demonstrated interest in public service. In addition, the strongest candidates for the Earl Warren Fellowship Program will have appellate clerkship experience, such as with the United States Supreme Court, California Supreme Court, or federal appellate court .
To begin the application process, you will need to complete a State Application (STD 678) and the Earl Warren Scholarship Application. You will also need to provide a resume, writing sample, personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and law school transcripts. Please see the “Application Checklist” section below for more detailed information.
We recommend that you submit your completed application(s) and all required documents electronically through a CalCareers account at www.jobs.ca.gov. If you choose not to apply electronically, a paper application package (mandatory by October 24, 2022) can be submitted by mailing it to:
Earl Warren Fellowship Program
Attention: Lawyer Recruitment Unit
1300 I Street, 7th Floor
Sacramento, CA, 95814
Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by October 24, 2022 to be considered. We will not consider late applications. We will not consider incomplete applications or applications submitted by email or fax.
Candidates selected to move forward in the process will be notified of interviews around November 2022. Interviews are expected to be scheduled in November/December 2022.
Please note: If you are applying for both the Honors program and the Earl Warren Fellowship, a full application package must be submitted for each program.
A completed Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents must be submitted to apply for this program. Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the final filing date to be considered (October 24, 2022). Incomplete applications or documents submitted by e-mail or fax will not be considered.
- State examination / application for employment (STD 678)
- Completed Earl Warren Scholarship Application
- Personal statement
- Statement of work on appeal
- Writing sample, no more than 15 pages
- Two letters of recommendation from people familiar with your legal work. At least one letter must be from a law professor.
- Law school transcript (unofficial transcripts will be accepted)
- September 1, 2022: start of the application period
- October 24, 2022: All entries must be received or postmarked by this date
- About. November 2022: Candidates selected for interviews will be notified
- November/December 2022: Interviews will take place
- September 2023: Start of the program