What types of clerkships should I be targeting? Chances?

(On Campus Interviews, Summer Associate positions, Firm Reviews, Tips, ...)
Forum rules
Anonymous Posting

Anonymous posting is only appropriate when you are revealing sensitive employment related information about a firm, job, etc. You may anonymously respond on topic to these threads. Unacceptable uses include: harassing another user, joking around, testing the feature, or other things that are more appropriate in the lounge.

Failure to follow these rules will get you outed, warned, or banned.
Anonymous User
Posts: 314093
Joined: Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:32 am

What types of clerkships should I be targeting? Chances?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:51 am

I'm posting here because my CS office has been unhelpful. Every time I ask them for help, I feel as if I'm given general vanilla answers that come from a public relations manual. I wanted to know what types of clerkships should I be targeting? And what do you think my chances are? Do you think it's worth it to also consider state clerkships and do them?

I really want to do Art III clerkship, but I may be open to doing Magistrate or state ct. appeals, too. I'm afraid that if I do a state coa clerkship though, I'll limit myself to just that state for future employment. One of my recommenders knows a state coa judge that he says I could probably get if I asked him to put in a word, but do you think that's worth it? I obviously don't want to use that connection only to turn down an interview or offer. And I don't want to work in a state coa if it's going to limit me. Or should I just be happy that I have that type of connection to a clerkship and take it because my stats suck that much?

Here are my general stats:
Top 15-20 school
Secondary LJ
Prior intern work for dist. judge.

Feel free to ask for more details if you think they're necessary.


Posts: 739
Joined: Sat Oct 10, 2009 3:21 pm

Re: What types of clerkships should I be targeting? Chances?

Postby Geist13 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 3:10 am

You're probably competitive for state court of appeals. I'm 3.6/ Law Review same range of school and have been told that I'm competitive for those courts.

Don't worry about them limiting you to that state. Yes they will not get you recruited by biglaw. However, if you're worried about it not opening enough doors, then you don't have a job yet, which means you're pretty much limited to that state anyway. In other words, it won't limit you any more than being unemployed will.

Don't worry about using a connection only to turn down an offer. Why? Because you don't turn down clerkship offers. You take the first offer you get. Its fucking ridiculous, buts it the way it works.

Return to “Legal Employment�

Who is online

The online users are hidden on this forum.