How do you know which judges to apply to for an internship?

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TLSNYC
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How do you know which judges to apply to for an internship?

Postby TLSNYC » Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:55 pm

While it's not my first choice, I'm just wondering how to decide which judges I should be applying to for summer internships, i.e. does ideology matter for judges and, if so, how do I know where they stand? Also, how do I know which judges are more likely to be doing interesting cases, etc.

Sorry if this is a newb question.

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Re: How do you know which judges to apply to for an internship?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:00 pm

I and everyone else I know applied to every federal judge in the geographic location we were interested in working, and knew nothing whatsoever about the judge when applications were sent out.

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Re: How do you know which judges to apply to for an internship?

Postby random5483 » Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:33 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I and everyone else I know applied to every federal judge in the geographic location we were interested in working, and knew nothing whatsoever about the judge when applications were sent out.


+1

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Re: How do you know which judges to apply to for an internship?

Postby cantaboot » Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:42 pm

never presume that a judge is too good for you ... e.g., I was told that we should not even try applying to COA judges. It would have been so wrong. I had interviews with both COA judges and state court judges. I got offers from both COA judges (almost the same time) and got rejected by all state ct. judges. I got an invitation from a federal judge without an interview.

My 1L grades were far from excellent (even though I finished pretty well).

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Re: How do you know which judges to apply to for an internship?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Aug 14, 2011 8:50 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I and everyone else I know applied to every federal judge in the geographic location we were interested in working, and knew nothing whatsoever about the judge when applications were sent out.


+1 I didn't do this for federal level, but I tried my best to check quickly to see if there was anything I could possibly do to personalize and only found one or two judges that had something on their resumes that I could connect to something I was involved in. I ended up spending the summer working for the one I personalized it for, even though none of the work I did for her related to it, but that might just be luck. I was told that my cover letter was what helped me get the job.




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