Esc wrote:JazzOne wrote:Is it bad that I am in no way interested in clerking? What the hell does a judicial clerk do?
Wiki is our friend! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judicial_clerkA law clerk or a judicial clerk is a person who provides assistance to a judge in researching issues before the court and in writing opinions. Law clerks are not court clerks or courtroom deputies, who are administrative staff for the court.
Most law clerks are recent law school graduates who were at the very top of their class and graduated from the most prestigious law schools. Various studies have shown clerks to be influential in the formation of case law through their influence on judges' decisions. Working as a law clerk generally opens up career opportunities.
If you don't want to clerk, we won't force you to.
I'm just wondering how important of a stepping stone that kind of job is. Do you guys want to clerk out of personal desire? Or is it completely career motivated? Or a combination of both?