Anonymous User wrote: LawClerk1234 wrote:
Academic writing sample is best for COA, but if you don't have one, then I guess you'll have to use your internship memo.
Conclusion is a matter of preference. Many judges prefer them, although some think they are unnecessary.
Anonymous User wrote:How is a memo from a summer internship viewed by COA clerks/judges? Is an academic writing sample always better when applying to COA?
Side question: is it necessary for a memo (used as a writing sample) to have a conclusion?
I externed for a Fed. Mag. and wrote an R&R which was filed substantially as I wrote it, and was then subsequently adopted and published as filed by the DJ. Would this be considered a strong writing sample, or are academic samples still considered better for District and COA clerkship apps?
You are seriously overthinking this.
Both of the judges I clerked for used the writing sample as more of a topic of conversation than anything else. As long as the writing sample demonstrated a competency in writing, research and analysis, you were ok. They weren't looking for the next Pulitzer prize winner, just a competent legal researcher. If you were a great writer, all the better. Just don't be a bad writer.
But most importantly, make sure you can talk and discuss and DEFEND the analysis in your writing sample.