Anonymous User wrote:I'm also a 2L very interested in clerking. I probably don't have the credentials for COA deals, but District courts, magistrate courts, bankruptcy courts, or state supreme courts would be very appealing to me. If you're, say, top 1/3 at Duke/Cornell/GULC, and managing editor of an established secondary journal, how good a shot do you have?
If next year is anything like this year, you might find that you have a difficult time landing anything. I'm at a school ranked a bit higher than yours. This year, we had a number of students with top-10% grades, editorial board positions on the flagship law review, and so forth who couldn't get any fed clerkships this season—COA, district court, bankruptcy, or magistrate. Of course, some of these students applied only to judges in places like NYC, SF, LA, Chicago, etc. But some applied broadly and still struck out.
I know this sounds discouraging. But the 2009-2010 clerkship hiring season was unusually brutal:http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2009/ ... -high.html
It's possible 2010-2011 won't be quite as tough. Still, I wouldn't count on it.
If you can be very geographically flexible, if you focus on magistrates and bankruptcy judges, and if you can get great letters of rec from professors who will make calls to judges on your behalf, you could do just fine. I wish you the best of luck.
tikitavi wrote:For anyone that did a federal judge internship during their 1L summer, do you think that helped at all when later going through the clerkship application process? Have any judges been willing to give go to bat for you in any way?
I externed for a federal judge 1L summer. The judges who interviewed me this year for clerkships seemed to like that I'd externed—they'd say things like, "Oh, I really admire Judge X," or "Externships are great because they give you a taste of what clerking will be like."
At least to my knowledge, no one contacted the judge for whom I externed, nor did that judge go to bat for me. But I haven't kept in touch with that judge at all, and I didn't ask the judge for help in the clerkship application process, so it's really no surprise.