Did I just kill my changes at a clerkship?

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vegeta
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Did I just kill my changes at a clerkship?

Postby vegeta » Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:34 am

I recently submitted a bunch of applications to various judges. I found out just now that I put "Sincerely," at the end instead of "Respectfully." Do judges really care that much? Is this just a precaution law schools put out there? Help put a frantic law student's mind to rest.

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Re: Did I just kill my changes at a clerkship?

Postby NJPitcher » Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:39 am

As long as you proofed those letters better than you did the title to this thread...

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Re: Did I just kill my changes at a clerkship?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:40 am

Where in the world did you hear that "respectfully" is required on clerkship cover letters? I put "sincerely" at the end of every one of mine, and I'll be clerking in a top district in 2013. Most of the sample cover letters from my HYS career office website also used "sincerely." You're being paranoid.

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Re: Did I just kill my changes at a clerkship?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:04 am

True story: I wrote a clerkship cover letter to a federal judge that read, "... Chief Pubic Defender ...." Granted it was buried in the middle of the letter, but that's pretty bad. Somehow I still got an interview.

So I wouldn't worry about the judge or clerk who reads it giving a fuck about the salutation.

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Re: Did I just kill my changes at a clerkship?

Postby kwais » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:23 am

I think the better question is, did you just kill your entire career. This is serious business. The level of disrespect you showed here will cast a shadow over your reputation for years to come. The judges will think, nay, know, that you do not respect them; as people, as professionals. However, this could be a blessing in disguise. If this is at all representative of your judgment, then you did yourself a huge favor by having this happen before people's lives are at stake. You saved lives bro.

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Re: Did I just kill my changes at a clerkship?

Postby flcath » Wed Jun 13, 2012 2:23 am

Sorry bro, but that's a well-known autoding.

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Re: Did I just kill my changes at a clerkship?

Postby vegeta » Wed Jun 13, 2012 3:09 am

Anonymous User wrote:True story: I wrote a clerkship cover letter to a federal judge that read, "... Chief Pubic Defender ...." Granted it was buried in the middle of the letter, but that's pretty bad. Somehow I still got an interview.

So I wouldn't worry about the judge or clerk who reads it giving a fuck about the salutation.


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