Accepting state trial judge extrnshp, then turning it down.

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Accepting state trial judge extrnshp, then turning it down.

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:19 pm

Not. o.k. Correct?

To what degre? Immoral? Illegal? Neither? I think it's at the least very impolite, and at worst that it could negatively impact someone's career. My family thinks it's not that bad (dog eat dog world, afterall).

Scenario: 1L; state trial judge; vs. 1L SA w/schollarship (which could lead to full employment)

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Re: Accepting state trial judge extrnshp, then turning it down.

Postby LLB2JD » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:25 pm

Boy, all I'll say is that you're a lucky SOB.

That said, based on what I've read on here, it is not ideal to turn down a judge. It might affect the judge's impression of the students at your school.

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Re: Accepting state trial judge extrnshp, then turning it down.

Postby 98234872348 » Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:34 pm

Almost definitely not ok. I'd check with your school, but by applying for externships for judges it is likely you are not allowed to decline an offer when extended (less after you've accepted it). It is extremely rude (especially in your situation when you've accepted) and will reflect badly on your school.

I'd suggest that you ask the judge if he would be willing to allow your to split your summer between him and the firm; obviously, if not, you're likely stuck, but he might be understanding. The firm should understand that because you accepted a judge's offer, the best you can do is split.

It might not be against your school's policy per say, but it's still considered very bad form. Pissing off a judge, whether state or federal, is not something you want to do.

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Re: Accepting state trial judge extrnshp, then turning it down.

Postby Sup Kid » Wed Feb 09, 2011 12:26 am

Considering most summers are now between 14-16 weeks, you really should be able to split. Talk with your judge, explain the scholarship, and see what happens. 1L SA positions are extremely rare and coveted -- do w/e you can to avoid turning it down.

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Re: Accepting state trial judge extrnshp, then turning it down.

Postby Aqualibrium » Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:11 pm

Screw your CSO. Talk to the judge or the clerk in person if possible. The clerk especially is in a position to understand that, ITE, an opportunity like this is not one to pass on. As a matter of fact, I'd call the clerk up and ask him if he can advise you of your options in this situation. He'll either say "do it, I totally understand, I'll help you explain to the judge," OR "well lets see if we can arrange a split," OR "you are a terrible person, and you should never renege on a judge." Either way, it's better than the advise you'll get from CSO.




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