Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Unless you can demonstrate significant NJ ties, the state judges are an uphill climb to secure even with an interview. Most have remained incredibly loyal to the local schools. As of now, most assignment/presiding and Appellate Division judges have made calls. Supreme Court has followed the federal hiring plan, but they are finishing up.
local as in NJ only? or Philly schools, too?
Both Rutgers and Seton Hall primarily. You'll see occasional NY Law School, Temple, Villanova here and there, but it's mostly NJ based schools because the judges are local graduates and value ties. If you have genuine NJ ties - you grew up there, you moved away to go to law school, you're fine. However, if you're spamming them with no ties and so forth it will tough and I'd anticipate lackluster results.
Moreover, unless you are truly infatuated with getting clerkship experience an NJ trial level clerkship is not going to open many doors in the NY/NJ metro area. Some Superior Court judges are well connected, but most come from small firms, pd/local county prosecutors offices. Appellate Division is a bit better, but not much. Supreme Court clerkships are valued but most of the students who pull those down have offers or are attractive to big firms in the first place.