Judicial clerkships – which ones matter?

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Zeile
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Judicial clerkships – which ones matter?

Postby Zeile » Wed Sep 29, 2010 4:11 pm

I ask this, because certain “highly ranked” schools seem to place a small amount of their students into BigLaw compared to their peers (UMN and UDub are two examples), but they seem to place a lot of students into clerkships. Obviously, the federal gigs are golden, but what about state ones? Are these a great resume builder that will land one a sweet gig when the clerkship is up? Also, is there anyway/anywhere to find how a school’s clerkship placement breaks down?

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Re: Judicial clerkships – which ones matter?

Postby nealric » Wed Sep 29, 2010 4:16 pm

Obviously, the federal gigs are golden, but what about state ones?


Not golden. Won't be career suicide, but biglaw doesn't generally target state clerks. State supreme courts are still generally considered as lower than district courts.

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Re: Judicial clerkships – which ones matter?

Postby Zeile » Wed Sep 29, 2010 4:19 pm

So what kind of jobs/firms will one be looking at if they do a state gig?

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Re: Judicial clerkships – which ones matter?

Postby Grizz » Wed Sep 29, 2010 4:20 pm

Zeile wrote:So what kind of jobs/firms will one be looking at if they do a state gig?


Depending on where you are trying to work, probably not big firms unless you had the grades already. Mid-size to small firms.

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Re: Judicial clerkships – which ones matter?

Postby poprox » Wed Sep 29, 2010 4:32 pm

Zeile wrote:So what kind of jobs/firms will one be looking at if they do a state gig?


I dunno, I understood state Sup. Ct. clerkships to be roughly equivalent to Fed. Dist. Ct.

I think that's true at least if you're seeking private work in the same state. So, AZ supreme ct. clerking won't probably help you land a good firm job in Chicago, but I think IL supreme court would be useful to that end.

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Re: Judicial clerkships – which ones matter?

Postby Grizz » Wed Sep 29, 2010 4:37 pm

poprox wrote:
Zeile wrote:So what kind of jobs/firms will one be looking at if they do a state gig?


I dunno, I understood state Sup. Ct. clerkships to be roughly equivalent to Fed. Dist. Ct.

I think that's true at least if you're seeking private work in the same state. So, AZ supreme ct. clerking won't probably help you land a good firm job in Chicago, but I think IL supreme court would be useful to that end.


Naw, District is very very much better, but your second point, that State Supreme is a great idea if you want to work in the state, is also credited.




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