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1L summer judicial internships -legal writing sample?

Postby lawlskoolz » Tue Dec 16, 2014 3:31 am

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Re: 1L summer judicial internships -legal writing sample?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:53 am

Moved to more appropriate forum.

And yes, you should use a legal writing sample. If your alternative is to use something pre-law school, I wouldn't. It looks weird and it suggests you did so poorly in 1L LWR that you have nothing to show.

If you mean the alternative is leaving the writing sample out, most judges I'm familiar with require them (admittedly not NY). Judges who want to see them may ask you to submit one before reviewing your app, or may just not review your app - it's hard to know.

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Re: 1L summer judicial internships -legal writing sample?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 16, 2014 10:59 am

Yes! I'm a current clerk, and we are definitely looking for excellent writing samples from our 1L summer applications. Why? Because we want our summer interns to create LESS work for us rather than MORE. We've hired duds in the past, and we really don't like having to re-write simple orders when they should have been near-perfect the first time.

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Re: 1L summer judicial internships -legal writing sample?

Postby lawlskoolz » Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:31 pm

Thank you for your responses.

But my question is, have you hired people (or for those who have interned for fed judges before--did you get an internship without submitting the legal writing sample first) who didn't submit their legal writing sample initially? I was hoping to submit mine when asked.
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Re: 1L summer judicial internships -legal writing sample?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:35 pm

My judges wouldn't have considered an application complete without a writing sample, but I can't say that's the case for every judge. It might depend on the school and on the judge's preference - my school had a listing of requirements for our students' applications to local judges and all asked for writing samples. But my school name wasn't carrying a lot of weight in the application.

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Re: 1L summer judicial internships -legal writing sample?

Postby Dr. Review » Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:36 pm

I did a 1L externship with a Federal Magistrate Judge, and she and her clerk carefully reviewed my writing sample before interviewing me. Judges and their clerks tend to be a bit more interested in hiring candidates with good writing skills, so I would be hesitant to submit an application to a judge without one.

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Re: 1L summer judicial internships -legal writing sample?

Postby Avian » Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:39 pm

lawlskoolz wrote:Thank you for your responses.

But my question is, have you hired people (or for those who have interned for fed judges before--did you get an internship without submitting the legal writing sample first) who didn't submit their legal writing sample initially? I was hoping to submit mine when asked.


I applied to federal judges without sending a writing sample and the judges who wanted one just asked for it. Not a big deal and it saved me adding an extra ten pages to each application. Some judges asked for both grades and a writing sample. I would definitely expect to be asked for it though. If you think your most recent legal writing assignment was an improvement then use that.

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Re: 1L summer judicial internships -legal writing sample?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:58 pm

lawlskoolz wrote:Thank you for your responses.

But my question is, have you hired people (or for those who have interned for fed judges before--did you get an internship without submitting the legal writing sample first) who didn't submit their legal writing sample initially? I was hoping to submit mine when asked.


Current Fed. D. Ct. clerk here.

We won't review applications without writing samples. Due to the nature of the internship, applicants should assume we would be interested in the quality of their writing.

As for whether we will ask for them from those whose applications did not include writing samples, it will depend. We will review complete applications first. If we fill the spots, there is no need to ask for writing samples from people and then wait for them to arrive. We just don't have the time.

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Re: 1L summer judicial internships -legal writing sample?

Postby lawlskoolz » Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:27 am

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Re: 1L summer judicial internships -legal writing sample?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:05 am

In my experience, single-sided is standard.

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Re: 1L summer judicial internships -legal writing sample?

Postby fltanglab » Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:05 pm

I believe when I applied I went single-sided for everything except my legal writing sample, which was double-sided. I sent a writing sample to every single judge I applied to...and I received a call the day after I mailed my apps, so things move quickly.

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Re: 1L summer judicial internships -legal writing sample?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:46 pm

When I applied last winter for a summer position, the clerks I spoke with at the interview and my school's career services indicated that a writing sample was required. I used my legal writing memo. I also included a list of references. CoA, if that helps.

Edit: more clarity - everything single-sided, cover letter/resume/transcript (I waited until the day after grades were released to mail)/writing sample/references, all sent unfolded on professional paper in a manila envelope.

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Re: 1L summer judicial internships -legal writing sample?

Postby Scuppers » Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:15 pm

Career services specifically told us not to include anything but a resume and cover letter with the understanding that if they wanted grades or writing samples, they would call or email and ask for them.

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Re: 1L summer judicial internships -legal writing sample?

Postby NotMyRealName09 » Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:07 pm

Only if they ask. Did they ask?

Back in 2008, I landed an E.D. Mich. Federal Judge internship in Detroit right around January of my 1L year, and I'm pretty sure I didn't submit a writing sample. I'm not even sure grades were a factor based on others with whom I interned. Maybe it depends on the court, but the E.D in downtown Detroit wanted law students in their chambers. I also interned at a 6th Cir. internship that fall, and while I may have submitted a writing sample, I had a sense my selection was based more on grades (pro tip - if you can slide a piece of paper to your interviewer during your interview that is a summer class supplement to your resume showing an A in crim law, that's cool). If you have good grades, you'll probably have a good writing sample, that's all I'm trying to say.

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Re: 1L summer judicial internships -legal writing sample?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:51 pm

Definitely include a writing sample. Its the most important part of your application, especially since you should be submitting the applications as soon as possible and even before you receive your Fall grades. Many submit as earliest as they can on December 1.

Use what you think is your best legal writing work and make sure its 100% clean with correct citations. Your previous legal writing grades might be predictive of how Judges will evaluate your writing but they also might not. I had a friend who ended up with a median grade on her first-semester memorandum but a top Circuit judge loved it and offered an internship before grades were released based on the sample and resume.




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