All writing samples submitted for consideration for employment
should comply with the following guidelines:
Each writing sample submitted should ideally be between six and twenty
pages in length.
Each writing sample should be accompanied by a cover page explaining
(a) the sample's original purpose (e.g., class assignment, moot court
brief, internal memorandum for employer); (b) when and for whom the
sample was written; (c) the extent of editing by any third party;
(d) if the writing sample is an excerpt from a larger document, the
nature of such larger document; and (e) if the sample is a collaborative
work, which portion of the sample was written by the applicant.
Each writing sample submitted should demonstrate the applicant's
ability to analyze legal issues.
Each writing sample should ideally be written within two years of
submission. The sample should indicate the date on which it was written.
The submission of a final judicial opinion or order as a writing
sample is permitted with the consent of the judge if such opinion
or order has been published. The submission of a draft judicial opinion
or order is not an appropriate writing sample.
If an applicant chooses to submit a writing sample containing confidential
or privileged information, the applicant must identify and explain
the steps taken to preserve the confidential or privileged nature
of the document (e.g., redactions, changed names, consent obtained
from client or employer).
If an applicant is unable to comply with any of the above guidelines,
the applicant should submit a brief explanation.