tommytahoe wrote:I write to get some insights (either from personal experience, word of mouth, or informed speculation) into the Alaska Supreme Court. I am one of those true clerkship hopefuls saddled with a lousy 1L GPA and, hence, overall GPA (a shade below 50% at a top 25 school in CA). I have considerable work experience and school extras (journal, moot court board, e.g.), but was shocked that a judge granted me an interview b/c of the grades factor.
So, my question is this: How competitive are AK Sup. Ct. clerkships? How are they viewed, generally, in the zeitgeist of employer-land (I'm looking for a qualitative answer, not hard and fast state rankings)? I know they are not as esteemed as CA, NY, NJ, etc. But I have also heard that they stand out in some ways, not the least of which is the many unique issues they hear on appeal, as well as the questions of first impression they hear as a result of their being only a 40-year-old court of last resort.
if anyone has a sense of what it is like to work there, or really any insights into the Court, I'd love to hear it. I have no other interviews, so it's not like beggars can be choosers. But as someone very interested in appellate law, I'd like this prospect even more if the Court had a very good name, etc.
Source: I know several people currently clerking for the AK Supreme Court, and a few going through the application process right now.
From what I can tell, it's quite competitive to actually get an offer, since they interview at almost 15 schools and only have 15 spots. Last term's class had (I think) 6 people from HYS, with the rest coming from the T14, UW, Davis, and maybe one other school. Those I know clerking there right now from HYS had median or above grades, and one was EIC of a secondary, so they were well-credentialed, and probably could've snagged good AIII clerkships.
From talking with professors and lawyers, it seems like the court is very well-respected, and I would disagree with your assertion that it's not held to the same standard as the other state Supremes you named.
Best of luck with your interview!