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Clerkship Chances

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:35 pm

What are someone's chances for a federal clerkship without a journal? I have a 4.0 as a transfer student at a T20. What could I do to put myself in a better position to go this route?

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Re: Clerkship Chances

Postby Citizen Genet » Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:08 pm

Hmm. My reading comp could be slow right now, but when you say, "I have a 4.0 as a transfer student at a T20," I interpret that as meaning one of a few things.

a. You transferred to a T20 from a lower-ranked school and you had a 4.0 at your previous school.
b. You transferred to a T20 from a lower-ranked school and you have a 4.0 at your current school.
c. You transferred to a higher ranked school from a T20 and you had a 4.0 at your previous school.
d. You transferred to a higher ranked school from a T20 and you have a 4.0 at your current school.

My best reading of it is that you are in situation B. I will also assume that you're at Vandy, GW, WUSTL or UM. If that's the case, that's a very solid position to be in. No journal will hurt, especially since you're not at a national school. If you're at Vandy or GW, you should have some really excellent clerkship resources available to you who will be able to give you a better idea of how transfer students do. I'll leave estimating your chances to a seasoned pro like GTL or accidentalclerk.

As for what you can do to give yourself a leg up from here on out, consider working to publish something somewhere. Without the constraints of a journal on you, you should have some extra time to devote to putting out a full article. Some LRs let 3Ls on by publishing with the journal - you might consider that route.

Locking down good recommenders at your new school will also be critical. Considering approaching a professor about becoming an RA. If you're not doing any extra-currics at your new school, you should have some extra time to devote to any of these endeavors.

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Re: Clerkship Chances

Postby theaccidentalclerk » Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:13 pm

I'll leave estimating your chances to a seasoned pro like GTL or accidentalclerk.


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Re: Clerkship Chances

Postby Citizen Genet » Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:19 pm

theaccidentalclerk wrote:
I'll leave estimating your chances to a seasoned pro like GTL or accidentalclerk.


(Quickly disclaiming that description.)



I was under the impression you were a clerk right now, but a quick glance at your posts makes me think I have you confused with someone else.

I demand you out yourself right now and settle my confusion.

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Re: Clerkship Chances

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:22 pm

B is the correct interpretation.

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Re: Clerkship Chances

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:23 pm

If you are otherwise qualified, will it matter if you have a B+ in Fed Courts?

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Re: Clerkship Chances

Postby theaccidentalclerk » Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:23 pm

Not now, will be in the fall.

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Re: Clerkship Chances

Postby traydeuce » Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:36 am

I think your chances at COA w/o a journal are dim. I also think some district judge will hire you. As to the other question in this thread (your other question?) I got a COA and plenty of interviews with a fed courts B+, so it's not a disqualifier.




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