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Top 10% at Cardozo/BLS/SJU - Clerkship

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:47 pm
by Anonymous User
Is applying to a clerkship even worth it? I understand the chances of getting a federal clerkship are probably 0%. So should I even waste my time if I really want to clerk? What about chances at state judges?

Re: Top 10% at Cardozo/BLS/SJU - Clerkship

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:47 pm
by Anonymous User
I am a Cardozo 2L. First off, a Cardozo student would categorize itself with Saint Johns (no matter how much he or she might hate the school), so off the bat I am going to assume your from SJ or maybe BLS. That said, I can only speak for Cardozo. I don't think the chances of Federal clerkship are 0. Cardozo had 2 U.S. SC clerks in the past. While that # is tiny compared to top 14 institutions, that shows that it is not impossible. I know first hand of at least 3 3Ls with state judge clerkships lined up, and am pretty sure I heard of a few federal clerks, too.

Re: Top 10% at Cardozo/BLS/SJU - Clerkship

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:03 pm
by Anonymous User
Anonymous User wrote:I am a Cardozo 2L. First off, a Cardozo student would categorize itself with Saint Johns (no matter how much he or she might hate the school), so off the bat I am going to assume your from SJ or maybe BLS. That said, I can only speak for Cardozo. I don't think the chances of Federal clerkship are 0. Cardozo had 2 U.S. SC clerks in the past. While that # is tiny compared to top 14 institutions, that shows that it is not impossible. I know first hand of at least 3 3Ls with state judge clerkships lined up, and am pretty sure I heard of a few federal clerks, too.



hahaha. i just didnt want to out myself so i added other schools in NY that arent fordham, nyu or columbia, but your assumption is wrong. the reason i ask the question is b/c i think its the top 2% of the class that would get federal... so at top 10% is it worth it to send out apps. i would think it is at least to state judges....

also i think BLS and Cardozo are comparable, your probably right about SJU.

Re: Top 10% at Cardozo/BLS/SJU - Clerkship

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2012 5:13 pm
by Anonymous User
Cardozo and BLS are definitely comparable with big law, but that might be because BLS's deep alumni base makes up for other deficiencies. I think Cardozo is viewed a little better academically (especially with journals), but I might just be biased.

How would you know where you rank within top 10% anyways? Registrar doesn't distinguish. That said, unless you on the border of the top 10% mark, you have a shot.