Anonymous User wrote:Glad to see so many Boalties chiming in! 2L here with a question for those who just went through the process:
How does the school deal with those who want to apply early/off-plan? I know at least one Boalt student got their CoA clerkship this way, but wasn't sure how many others go about it like that. Assuming one has the right credentials grade-wise, does the school lend a helping hand at all or is it the sort of thing a student has to do it quietly because it's against the "rules" of the Plan? My concern is that so many judges are hiring this way now and it would be unwise to at least not give it a shot.
I'm a 3L now, transfer student at Boalt, w/ COA. Although I made some great connections, I felt a sense of impropriety in approaching my faculty recommenders at Boalt asking for off-plan recs. I would tell myself stuff like, "Well, they only know me for 6 months now." Or, "Well, I'm at a firm doing this SA, I should just focus on this." After coming out of this whole process, I think I was being overly cautious or plain lazy. I wouldn't go so far as to call myself lazy because I really wanted to clerk. Not sure. Maybe I was being paranoid that if they said "No" - that their eventual "on plan" recs would be tainted with this bad memory. Ugh. Stupid thoughts.
The faculty aren't really that involved or frankly, invested, in your recs. They write a lot more recs than you think they do, not just from rising 3Ls - but for alums too. They'll write something up in a standard word file and furiously type away for like 5-6 minutes, thinking about you. Then that'll be it, unless you ask them to call a couple judges on the day after labor day. Their involvement is that segmented. So my guess is that they don't care when they spend those 5-6 minutes typing. Just like judges, maybe off-plan is the best time to ask them for recs.
For any off-plan/post-plan stuff, you'll need to work with the FSUs for each professor. It's FSUs/FSUs/FSUs all the way. I was just too shy to ask because it seemed "illegal" - but please don't do what I did. Ask. The worst-case scenario is they'll say not right now - but I'm trying to figure out why they would do that. I didn't ask Eric about off-plan either. I can't get a read on Eric, maybe he'll be responsive to that. He gets so flooded with emails, is the sense I got - that if you ask him something that he has already emailed in a memo etc., he will get frustrated. So I just got shy there too. Don't be shy. Not good for your career. Clerkship is more about the hands you shake than the grades you make.
Not sure if my post is helpful to you. Good luck.