kalvano wrote:State court clerkships are good in the state in which the clerkship is. Outside of that, no one will really care. So if you don't want to practice in that state, probably not a good idea.
I don't think it's this entirely blank and white. Sure, people in the state are going to care a lot more than those in other states, but there is a lot of transferrable experience in any clerkship that a lot of employers will consider valuable. Who will care and how much they will care will vary tremendously, of course.
E.g., every PA/DA seems to love it from what I gather because criminal law is incredibly uniform. You'll also almost always end up a better writer and researcher at any clerkship, which is valuable everywhere.
And of course this post needs an anecdote: I know someone who wanted to practice in CA but clerked at an intermediate appellate court in Utah because, well, she applied and they offered and she had nothing else. After a year, she got back to a very respected mid-sized firm in the Bay Area. (I have no idea what her grades/resume, etc. were, however.)