silenttimer wrote:My point is exemplified by the fact that even some people on this thread feels that clerking for a state judge is somehow a waste of a year or that it's not an "ideal" position. This is of course a personal judgment, but I think people on here underestimate the value of a clerkship at the state level. I just want to stress the point that I had made earlier--that perceived-prestige on this Board is out of control. Before claiming that state clerkship is worthless, have you in fact heard from firms that they don't view favorably on a state clerkship?
This is anecdotal as well, but I'm beginning to look for post-clerkship employment now, and have been on 4 interviews (a vault 100 firm, two midsize firms 30-60 attorneys, and a small firm). They all seem interested in a state level clerkship. A friend of mine who graduated in 2009 and clerked fro 2 years at the state level was just hired to a vault 100 firm.
I want to emphasize that you should go to law school if you want to be a lawyer. Find something you are passionate about, learn, do it well, and things will fall your way. This is true despite being in a less than "ideal" position of being $100k in debt with only a measly state clerkship.
I don't have a problem with clerking at the state level, or even helping people with their parking tickets. As long as one's work is helping society, I am totally fine with whatever anyone does.
My beef with many law schools is the cost vs reward. You went to a Top 25/30 school and were able to find a job that will actually allow you to pay back your debt. Imagine people graduating or that have recently graduated from a Top 50 or 100 or 150 school.
I am not trying to belittle what you do or your job. I am simply trying to illustrate how harsh he labor market is. Or is it not? Did you pass on a higher salary to clerk for the state? Or this is just what you could find? Again, you have graduated from a top institution, and you should be proud of that, but the fact is that labor market for lawyers sucks.
And yes, I may be a prestige whore, but that is because the more prestigious the law school is, the higher the odds one can land a job to pay for the exorbitant and outrageous "investment" that is law school.