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Post-Clerkship Firm Strategy

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:46 pm

Doing a CoA clerkship next year, and essentially what I'm wondering is, is it possible to shop for other firms while keeping an offer from your 2L SA firm open?

I liked my SA firm fine and would have no real problem going back there, but there are probably at least a few places I might prefer instead (some of them boutiques that don't really have 2L SA programs). My SA firm wants a response by September (when I will have just started my clerkship), but it seems like that would be well before post-clerkship hiring at other firms starts, no? Is that typical? Do people who want to trade up post-clerkship usually have to turn down their SA firm before having something else lined up? That seems risky to me, and if that's the case, it's probably not a risk I would be willing to take.

Would appreciate any advice from people who have been in a similar situation.

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Re: Post-Clerkship Firm Strategy

Postby anon168 » Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:01 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Doing a CoA clerkship next year, and essentially what I'm wondering is, is it possible to shop for other firms while keeping an offer from your 2L SA firm open?

I liked my SA firm fine and would have no real problem going back there, but there are probably at least a few places I might prefer instead (some of them boutiques that don't really have 2L SA programs). My SA firm wants a response by September (when I will have just started my clerkship), but it seems like that would be well before post-clerkship hiring at other firms starts, no? Is that typical? Do people who want to trade up post-clerkship usually have to turn down their SA firm before having something else lined up? That seems risky to me, and if that's the case, it's probably not a risk I would be willing to take.

Would appreciate any advice from people who have been in a similar situation.


I shopped my myself while clerking. People do it all the time.

Tell your SA firm that you cannot accept by September because your judge doesn't want you accepting a firm offer while working as a law clerk.

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Re: Post-Clerkship Firm Strategy

Postby apparentlynew » Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:07 pm

Tell your SA firm that you cannot accept by September because your judge doesn't want you accepting a firm offer while working as a law clerk.


Motion to suggest that you only do this if it's also true. If your firm has associates or partners who have clerked for or otherwise know your judge, lying about this might be easily exposed, right?

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Re: Post-Clerkship Firm Strategy

Postby ryanmot » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:20 pm

apparentlynew wrote:
Tell your SA firm that you cannot accept by September because your judge doesn't want you accepting a firm offer while working as a law clerk.


Motion to suggest that you only do this if it's also true. If your firm has associates or partners who have clerked for or otherwise know your judge, lying about this might be easily exposed, right?


This.




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