Anonymous User wrote:zomginternets wrote:People who are not US citizens who want to be a federal clerk might have to do a volunteer clerkship, even if s/he has the credentials that would otherwise have gotten him/her a paid clerkship.
Is this a viable strategy? I may be in this position and am finding conflicting information. OCSAR asks for citizenship status when you register, so does that mean your app will just be turned away automatically if you select non-citizen? I would definitely do a volunteer federal clerkship for a year, but am not even sure if I should go through the hassle of applying if that's not a possibility.
Unknown. I don't know of anyone that has gotten around the citizenship issue using this strategy, but hey there's a first for everything. Just apply, and on your cover letter make it clear that if your non-citizen status is a problem that you'd work for free. Also, I don't think it's that much hassle--ask your profs for recs and polish a writing sample you did over the summer.. let OSCAR do the rest.