Prob Struck Out on Fed Clerkships --> Alaska Supreme Court?

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Prob Struck Out on Fed Clerkships --> Alaska Supreme Court?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:29 pm

Question says it all. I don't really think this is a good career move, but I also need a job. Does anyone (not 0Ls or 1Ls please) have any input on this?

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Re: Prob Struck Out on Fed Clerkships --> Alaska Supreme Court?

Postby Anonymous Loser » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:16 pm

The Alaska Supreme Court is probably one of the more difficult state courts to snag. If you aren't competitive for a federal clerkship, you probably won't get a look.

I'm not sure why you don't think clerking for the Alaska Supreme Court would be a good career move. The conventional wisdom is that this is a very desirable clerkship: given the relative recency of the development of the state's legal system, matters of first impression are quite common in the court.

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Re: Prob Struck Out on Fed Clerkships --> Alaska Supreme Court?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:05 pm

The Alaska Supreme Court is probably one of the more difficult state courts to snag. If you aren't competitive for a federal clerkship, you probably won't get a look.

I'm not sure why you don't think clerking for the Alaska Supreme Court would be a good career move. The conventional wisdom is that this is a very desirable clerkship: given the relative recency of the development of the state's legal system, matters of first impression are quite common in the court.


I am competitive for a federal clerkship, and had interviews, but I don't think I snagged one. I'm not sure why you are saying that this is a good career move - it's in Alaska, and I have trouble understanding what kinds of contacts I'm going to make while I'm up there.

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Re: Prob Struck Out on Fed Clerkships --> Alaska Supreme Court?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:06 pm

do you have an offer already from alaska sc?

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Re: Prob Struck Out on Fed Clerkships --> Alaska Supreme Court?

Postby OGR3 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:07 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
The Alaska Supreme Court is probably one of the more difficult state courts to snag. If you aren't competitive for a federal clerkship, you probably won't get a look.

I'm not sure why you don't think clerking for the Alaska Supreme Court would be a good career move. The conventional wisdom is that this is a very desirable clerkship: given the relative recency of the development of the state's legal system, matters of first impression are quite common in the court.


I am competitive for a federal clerkship, and had interviews, but I don't think I snagged one. I'm not sure why you are saying that this is a good career move - it's in Alaska, and I have trouble understanding what kinds of contacts I'm going to make while I'm up there.


Don't go. Alaskans would think you're a douchebag.

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Re: Prob Struck Out on Fed Clerkships --> Alaska Supreme Court?

Postby Aqualibrium » Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:18 pm

OGR3 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
The Alaska Supreme Court is probably one of the more difficult state courts to snag. If you aren't competitive for a federal clerkship, you probably won't get a look.

I'm not sure why you don't think clerking for the Alaska Supreme Court would be a good career move. The conventional wisdom is that this is a very desirable clerkship: given the relative recency of the development of the state's legal system, matters of first impression are quite common in the court.


I am competitive for a federal clerkship, and had interviews, but I don't think I snagged one. I'm not sure why you are saying that this is a good career move - it's in Alaska, and I have trouble understanding what kinds of contacts I'm going to make while I'm up there.


Don't go. Alaskans would think you're a douchebag.


Agreed! Why would this guy even post the question if he was going to respond in such a snarky way to comments. He has obviously already decided it is a bad career move. WTF

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Re: Prob Struck Out on Fed Clerkships --> Alaska Supreme Court?

Postby vanwinkle » Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:22 pm

The general impression I had is that you should clerk for a court in a state you actually want to work, because while it's useful to clerk for a judge anywhere to get a perspective from them, you don't really gain any knowledge of the law that's useful to where you're trying to go. If you want to work in, say, Alabama, it'd be better to go clerk for a judge in Alabama, even if the Alaska Supreme Court is "more prestigious overall".

It's a lot like the below-T30 school choice argument: At that level, locality matters a lot.

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Re: Prob Struck Out on Fed Clerkships --> Alaska Supreme Court?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:28 pm

tangentially related: if you have a biglaw offer after 2L summer but want to clerk anyway, does it matter where? Also a bad career move (vs. starting right away)?

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Re: Prob Struck Out on Fed Clerkships --> Alaska Supreme Court?

Postby vanwinkle » Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:31 pm

Anonymous User wrote:tangentially related: if you have a biglaw offer after 2L summer but want to clerk anyway, does it matter where? Also a bad career move (vs. starting right away)?

There's a real advantage to clerking in the district/circuit you'll be working since you learn the unique quirks of that particular court, but really, any federal clerkship experience will be valuable to you. Most biglaw firms not only encourage people to clerk at the federal level but pay bonuses to people when they start if they've clerked. Talk to the recruiter at the firm about their policies on clerking and hiring.

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Re: Prob Struck Out on Fed Clerkships --> Alaska Supreme Court?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:36 am

FWIW, I don't think that judges are done calling. I have heard of people still receiving calls this week, and from good districts to boot.




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