Anonymous User wrote:I am currently a mag clerk. T2 school, barely top 50%, no law review. The kicker for me was that I externed in fed court for both semesters during my 3L year, and had a great LOR from my judge. I struck out with about half a dozen judges before I was finally hired. My point is this: yes, fed clerkships are extremely competitive; but there are some aberrations. Look on the websites of each district court, and you'll see their "internal job postings." Clerkships can sometimes pop up out of the blue, as did mine, and the judges are looking to fill the spot quickly. This is the best way to "back-door" your way into a job. My judge never uses OSCAR, and doesn't hire according to plan.
this is also how i got my clerkship with a district judge