Anonymous User wrote: Anonymous User wrote: Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Yeah, this is total bullshit.
Seconded. My experience this week directly contradicts this.
Thirded. I've talked to people with less than stellar stats who have gotten a few interviews at the D.Ct. level, and I got BK/Mag interviews with much less than stellar stats. All of the interviews above are in competitive jurisdictions (some more competitive than others, but none in Wyoming). My point -- Don't freak out just yet if you haven't heard back yet and you don't have a 3.9 and the dean of Harvard making phone calls on your behalf.
Did these people with less than stellar stats get SDNY or DDC interviews? Did they get 2nd Cir. or DC Cir. interviews? My original point earlier clearly said this was limited to those kind of clerkships. I have no experience as it relates to EDVA or 5th Cir. clerkships for example. Which are great, but I don't think are in the same class as the other spots I mentioned.
There are so few spots at places like DDC and the 2nd Cir. now that I find it hard to believe that folks can get interviews there with "less than stellar stats" as you said without the judge having a personal connection with the recommenders. Maybe I'm wrong, but I find it hard to believe.
EDVA (Alexandria division) is certainly in the "same class" as DDC and there are judges in the 5th who are in the same "class" as 2d Cir.
Now having gone through 2 rounds of clerkship hiring (for 2 clerkships) I think I can speak fairly confidently on this point:
About 50% of interview offers were from judges with whom I had some sort of connection - i.e., prof called or I knew/spoke with a current or former clerk. The other 50% were from judges with whom I had 0 connections - some of these were judges who either never hired from my school or who hadn't hired in 5+ years from my school. I think where calls are most helpful / essential are where you are a marginal candidate. If you are solidly within the grade/school range for a judge, it might help, but it certainly isn't necessary. And, before the poster tries to relegate my experience to flyover COAs, I got interview offers without connections for judges in the 2/9.