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CSKNJ
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One L Judicial Internships and Writing Samples

Postby CSKNJ » Thu Jan 13, 2011 6:43 pm

I'm sending out judicial internship mailers and was wondering if I should include my writing sample (first semester memo) or wait for the judge's office to request one? Thanks.

Geist13
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Re: One L Judicial Internships and Writing Samples

Postby Geist13 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 7:08 pm

I included mine. Figured if they didn't want to read it, they could put it in the trash where it belongs anyway.

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Re: One L Judicial Internships and Writing Samples

Postby missinglink » Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:10 pm

Include it.

It's more work on their end if they have to contact you and request it.

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Re: One L Judicial Internships and Writing Samples

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:38 pm

When I applied, I didn't include one. But now that I'm a law clerk responsible for deciding who gets hired, I can definitely say that I prefer to see a writing sample. That being said, I typically look at the writing sample only to rule out candidates. So if your cover letter is perfect and your resume is acceptable, I would not include one.

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Re: One L Judicial Internships and Writing Samples

Postby Geist13 » Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:20 pm

Anonymous User wrote:When I applied, I didn't include one. But now that I'm a law clerk responsible for deciding who gets hired, I can definitely say that I prefer to see a writing sample. That being said, I typically look at the writing sample only to rule out candidates. So if your cover letter is perfect and your resume is acceptable, I would not include one.


Are you implying that if your application materials are solid, the writing sample can only serve to harm you until it is actually requested?

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Re: One L Judicial Internships and Writing Samples

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 14, 2011 1:21 am

Geist13 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:When I applied, I didn't include one. But now that I'm a law clerk responsible for deciding who gets hired, I can definitely say that I prefer to see a writing sample. That being said, I typically look at the writing sample only to rule out candidates. So if your cover letter is perfect and your resume is acceptable, I would not include one.


Are you implying that if your application materials are solid, the writing sample can only serve to harm you until it is actually requested?

Yes.




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