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Research Positions and Externships

Research attorney positions

Court of Appeals judges hire lawyers to work for them as research attorneys. Research attorneys serve in a position similar to what other courts might call a law clerk, elbow clerk, chambers attorney, or staff attorney. The Court of Appeals uses the title research attorney because it requires its law clerks to be licensed to practice law in Kansas. 

Each Court of Appeals judge hires two research attorneys for terms of varying length. There are also research attorneys who work in other capacities under the direction of the chief judge. 

Terms of service

In general, research attorneys start at level 1 and move to level 2 after working as a research attorney for two years. 

Terms typically begin in August, after the bar exam, and last two years. But there are frequent openings at other times of the year, and some research attorneys continue working for the court for more than two years.

If you have questions about research attorney positions with the Court of Appeals, contact:

Abby Schieber (she/her)


Positions available

When a research attorney position is open, it will be listed here and in Court Careers.

Chief Judge Karen Arnold-Burger: No vacancies. 

Judge Henry W. Green Jr.: No vacancies.

Judge Thomas E. Malone: No vacancies.

Judge Stephen D. Hill: No vacancies.

Judge G. Gordon Atcheson: No vacancies.

Judge David E. Bruns: No vacancies.

Judge Kim R. Schroeder: No vacancies.

Judge Kathryn A. Gardner: No vacancies.

Judge Sarah E. Warner: Judge Warner is currently accepting applications for a term position starting in 2024.

Judge Amy Fellows Cline: Judge Cline is currently accepting applications for a term position starting in 2024.

Judge Lesley Ann Isherwood: No vacancies.

Judge Jacy J. Hurst: Judge Hurst is currently accepting applications for a Research Attorney I and a Research Attorney II for terms starting in August 2024.

Judge Angela D. Coble: Judge Coble is currently accepting applicaitons for a term position starting in August 2024.

Judge Rachel Pickering: No vacancies. 

Externships and internships

Several Court of Appeals judges hire law students to work as volunteer externs for the court during the summer or throughout the school year. The Court of Appeals also conducts internship and/or externship programs for law students interested in volunteering or working for the court over summer break and winter break. The Court of Appeals will post information on how and when to apply for these positions on this website, at the local law schools, and on CORA (Court Opportunity Recruitment for All) | NCSC.

For more information or to ask questions about these opportunities, contact:

Abby Schieber (she/her) 


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