Hey guys! This weeks resource is one that I personally use on a regular basis. The Online System for Clerkship Application and Review (“OSCAR”) is an extremely good resource for those who are interested in judicial clerkships and staff attorney positions.
The layout on OSCAR makes it very user friendly. At the top of the homepage, you can find links to guide you to a task. One of the things I like the most about OSCAR is that there are tip sheets on the homepage, which explain how to use the website more efficiently. When first using OSCAR, I had questions about how to update documents or withdraw applications and the answer to those questions were not hard to find. Additionally, if you have questions that cannot be answered by the tip sheets, there is a tab available labeled “resources” that includes additional answers.
Another great thing about using OSCAR to search for positions is that OSCAR is a one stop shop. What I mean by that is, on OSCAR students can submit resumes, cover letters and any other materials that judges request, because OSCAR uses an interface similar to symplicity.
One difference between using OSCAR and using symplicity that I did not like is that in OSCAR, in order to upload a document it already has to be in PDF format. I found this to be troublesome because I would have to type up my cover letter for instance, turn it into a PDF and then upload it. However, this is the only issue that I have with the resource.
If you need any additional tips for using OSCAR there are handouts located in the Career Development Office. Also, feel free to talk to anyone in the office and they will help you. Until next time, Happy Job Hunting!