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Getting a firm through a judicial clerkship

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:35 pm

How does getting hired by a firm from a clerkship work? In other words, you didn't summer with the firm (or possibly any firm) before the clerkship but you decide you want to apply to firms while you are clerking. Does the location of the clerkship in relation to the location of the firm matter? Grades?

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Re: Getting a firm through a judicial clerkship

Postby anon168 » Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:50 pm

Anonymous User wrote:How does getting hired by a firm from a clerkship work? In other words, you didn't summer with the firm (or possibly any firm) before the clerkship but you decide you want to apply to firms while you are clerking. Does the location of the clerkship in relation to the location of the firm matter? Grades?


During your clerkship, firms will send you solicitations and express their interest in hiring clerks. Some will have cocktail receptions, some will just send flyers about all the former clerks in their office. MTO, WC, Susman, QE and probably many others I can't think of are notorious for doing this.

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Re: Getting a firm through a judicial clerkship

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:47 am

Anonymous User wrote:How does getting hired by a firm from a clerkship work? In other words, you didn't summer with the firm (or possibly any firm) before the clerkship but you decide you want to apply to firms while you are clerking. Does the location of the clerkship in relation to the location of the firm matter? Grades?


I would also be curious about the importance of grades post clerkship. My GPA was a good bit lower than the norm for the level of clerkship that I landed, and I'm wondering to what extent grades will be a factor in the hiring process after I've clerked.

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Re: Getting a firm through a judicial clerkship

Postby LOLyer » Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:51 am

Do firms ever hire clerks for anything other than litigation?

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Re: Getting a firm through a judicial clerkship

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:59 pm

anon168 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:How does getting hired by a firm from a clerkship work? In other words, you didn't summer with the firm (or possibly any firm) before the clerkship but you decide you want to apply to firms while you are clerking. Does the location of the clerkship in relation to the location of the firm matter? Grades?


During your clerkship, firms will send you solicitations and express their interest in hiring clerks. Some will have cocktail receptions, some will just send flyers about all the former clerks in their office. MTO, WC, Susman, QE and probably many others I can't think of are notorious for doing this.


Is clerking in a different area than a firm you're interested in hurt you?

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Re: Getting a firm through a judicial clerkship

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:32 pm

No responses?

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Re: Getting a firm through a judicial clerkship

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:50 pm

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Re: Getting a firm through a judicial clerkship

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:42 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
anon168 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:How does getting hired by a firm from a clerkship work? In other words, you didn't summer with the firm (or possibly any firm) before the clerkship but you decide you want to apply to firms while you are clerking. Does the location of the clerkship in relation to the location of the firm matter? Grades?


During your clerkship, firms will send you solicitations and express their interest in hiring clerks. Some will have cocktail receptions, some will just send flyers about all the former clerks in their office. MTO, WC, Susman, QE and probably many others I can't think of are notorious for doing this.


Is clerking in a different area than a firm you're interested in hurt you?


It depends on the court. As far as districts go, the major districts (SDNY, EDNY, CDCA, NDCA, EDVA, DDC, etc.) will have far more reach than the flyover districts. In the major districts, clerks see big cases, major firms, and, usually, a diverse docket with interesting and often novel legal issues. As far as circuits go, any circuit judge will be valuable. That said, a clerk on the 5th Circuit is going to see far more cases with far more diverse issues than a clerk on say the 1st or 8th by virtue of sheer volume. That said, with circuits, and with districts, it is far more important to find a good boss.




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