acrossthelake wrote: Guchster wrote:
Working for federal/appellate judges simply consists of a lot of sitting around? I've gathered otherwise from people I've spoken to.
Oh sorry, that's not what I meant. I think judges look at their interns very differently--I think most give pretty substantive stuff. But there are federal judges out there who think proper summer programming for interns is to sideline and watch--versus writing and researching.
I was just trying to illustrate a point that just because it's legal, doesn't mean it's necessarily helpful for OCI/skill development/resume, etc.
There's huge variance from judge to judge. It's something really important to ask about. If a judge is going to have you sit and watch, then you should probably turn the offer down. Lore that you shouldn't ever turn a judge down applies to clerkships, and maybe you don't want to do that if they actually had plans for you to do actual writing & researching. But if their plans were to just have you sit around, I'm sure there will be no hard feelings if you turn it down. Side note, I'm using "you" in the general sense here.
Moreover, it seems judges will usually tell you or give you a heads up in advance if they don't plan to give you anything substantive. It will usually come in the form of "if anything else comes up, you can decide to take that instead." I'd ask to make sure because they might just make you do administrative stuff like making trial binders.
Also, it is not too late for summer jobs, at least for some federal judges. I am in a major district and they are just starting to evaluate apps. It is getting there though. Small firms and in-house are just starting to advertise positions right now so its not too late for those. When you get to Mid-April that would probably be the time to panic.