T6, State Supreme Court Clerkship, what grades needed?

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T6 to State Supreme Court. What rank?

Top 5%
8
20%
Top 10%
4
10%
Top 15%
2
5%
Top 20%
4
10%
Top 25%
6
15%
Top 33%
2
5%
Top 40%
1
3%
Top 50%
4
10%
Top 66%
9
23%
 
Total votes: 40

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T6, State Supreme Court Clerkship, what grades needed?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:04 am

At a Top 6 school with ties to the state where I'd like to clerk. Right now I'm probably top 25%, but am wondering where I need to be to feel confident (I know I can't feel "safe") snagging a clerkship in my home market State Supreme Court.

I don't think I'd want a federal clerkship, so State SC is where I think I'd be happiest. Home state is large, takes a lot of clerks, but is not near my law school.

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Re: T6, State Supreme Court Clerkship, what grades needed?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Apr 19, 2011 3:53 pm

If you're at CLS, go to http://www.law.columbia.edu/current_student/student_service/clerkships, login, and download the pdf file. It has grade ranges for people who got certain types of clerkships.

Also, the grade range will differ depending on your home state. Cali, NY, and, I think Ak are competitive, some others like Oklahoma, Iowa, etc, are probably less so.

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Re: T6, State Supreme Court Clerkship, what grades needed?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:02 pm

Really hard to say- from my experience your T6 credentials may not actually be seen as an advantage by many SSCs, even if you have ties. Remember that SSC judges are more likely to be well-connected locals than Ivy League BigLaw alums. I interviewed with 2 judges on the Maryland Court of Appeals this year and both judges told me they had never hired anyone who didn't go to law school at the University of Maryland. And this is Maryland we're talking about, not a particularly insular state. So I think that with an SSC you may be more likely to see loyalty to the judge's alma mater, which isn't necessarily (or maybe even likely) a very prestigious school.
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Re: T6, State Supreme Court Clerkship, what grades needed?

Postby Veyron » Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:03 pm

The answer to this question interests me.

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Re: T6, State Supreme Court Clerkship, what grades needed?

Postby XxSpyKEx » Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:24 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Really hard to say- from my experience your T6 credentials may not actually be seen as an advantage by many SSCs, even if you have ties. Remember that SSC judges are more likely to be well-connected locals than Ivy League BigLaw alums. I interviewed with 2 judges on the Maryland Court of Appeals this year and both judges told me they had never hired anyone who didn't go to law school at the University of Maryland. And this is Maryland we're talking about, not a particularly insular state. So I think that with an SSC you may be more likely to see loyalty to the judge's alma mater, which isn't necessarily (or maybe even likely) a very prestigious school.


This. And it also depends on what court you are looking at. Obviously the NY court of appeals is going to be pretty damn competitive, whereas, the Utah Supreme Court is likely to be much less competitive.

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Re: T6, State Supreme Court Clerkship, what grades needed?

Postby patrickd139 » Tue Apr 19, 2011 8:54 pm

Anonymous User wrote:If you're at CLS, go to http://www.law.columbia.edu/current_student/student_service/clerkships, login, and download the pdf file. It has grade ranges for people who got certain types of clerkships.

Also, the grade range will differ depending on your home state. Cali, NY, and, I think Ak are competitive, some others like Oklahoma, Iowa, etc, are probably less so.

Oklahoma hires career staff attorneys. HTH.

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Re: T6, State Supreme Court Clerkship, what grades needed?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Apr 19, 2011 9:54 pm

patrickd139 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:If you're at CLS, go to http://www.law.columbia.edu/current_student/student_service/clerkships, login, and download the pdf file. It has grade ranges for people who got certain types of clerkships.

Also, the grade range will differ depending on your home state. Cali, NY, and, I think Ak are competitive, some others like Oklahoma, Iowa, etc, are probably less so.

Oklahoma hires career staff attorneys. HTH.


To be clear, I used those last states (Ok, Iowa) as place holders. I have no idea which are more competitive, if they prefer T6 to local, or even if the SSC hires clerks. All I know, and all I meant to convey, is that unlike fed clerkships, high class standing is not required. At CLS the average SSC clerk was only a bit above median.

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Re: T6, State Supreme Court Clerkship, what grades needed?

Postby ggocat » Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:47 am

Law review or other journal?

Still, depends on the state. Top 25% and journal could give you a decent shot.




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