Tax Court Clerkships
The Indiana Tax Court hires law clerks to work under the supervision of Judge Martha Blood Wentworth. Law clerks perform a variety of tasks, including legal research, drafting memoranda, reviewing orders and opinions, and assisting in preparing preliminary draft opinions. Law clerks work individually, as a team with fellow clerks, and directly with the Judge.
The Tax Court hears certain cases as the finder of fact, similar to a trial court and certain other cases as a reviewing court, similar to the Court of Appeals. Consequently, law clerks have the opportunity to assist in the administration of courtroom procedure, understand and apply the Rules of Evidence, and review administrative records pursuant to an appellate standard of review. Law clerks in the Tax Court join a discrete group of attorneys who have helped build the history and traditions of this unique tribunal.
Salary & Benefits. A first year law clerk receives an initial annual salary of approximately $66,000 and benefits similar to all state employees. Upon mutual agreement, a clerk may be retained for a second year. A longer term position may be available thereafter.
Applications. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the ability to
1) identify and understand complex legal issues and concepts, and 2) write in a clear, concise, and organized manner. Proven proficiency in these areas will enhance consideration of your application. Both new and experienced lawyers are encouraged to apply.
Applications for a judicial clerkship in the Tax Court should include the following:
- Cover letter;
- A transcript of grades achieved in law school, including, if available, information about class standing;
- A copy of any relevant scholarly writing or an excerpt therefrom not to exceed ten pages;
- At least one letter of recommendation from a law school faculty member with whom you studied or one letter of recommendation from a clerkship committee, or both, which may be sent under separate cover); and
- A statement regarding your availability for a personal interview in Indianapolis and for a start date.
Anticipated Openings. No longer taking applications.
Please send your application to:
The Honorable Martha Blood Wentworth
Judge, Indiana Tax Court
115 West Washington Street, Suite 960S
Indianapolis, IN 46204
The Indiana Tax Court is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.