pancakes3 wrote:zot1 wrote:A. Nony Mouse wrote:Applying to 20-30 clerkships isn't going to get you one.
don't mean to derail but how hard is it to get non A3 clerkships?
Clearly it's easier than an A3 clerkship, especially in NJ where there is a robust state court clerkship program. Stolen from a career services email:
"Each year, 450+ New Jersey Superior Court judges offer a one-year post graduate clerkship opportunity with trial level (Superior Court) judges in the Family, Criminal and Civil Divisions. These positions are full time, and pay $47,018 per year. Vacation and health benefits are included. In addition, these positions do not require one to take or pass the New Jersey bar, and do not require New Jersey residence."
They are all essentially personal hires, so you end up mass mailing every single judge. NJ Appellate judges also hire clerks (at a slighter hire payrate) I got a couple of interview requests but I got my ideal position elsewhere and never actually went in to interview. Since bar passage isn't required I'm curious to know why OP never tried to land one until now.
In NY, there isn't really an equivalent program. In my experience, NY trial judges tend to have full time, experienced (i.e. not just out of law school) court attorneys and don't like to cycle through clerks every year. Some judges do, but they are the exception. Same for the 1st and 2nd Department of the Appellate Division. However the 3rd and 4th Department in New York has a fairly competitive clerkship program where you join a "pool" of clerks. The 4th Department clerkship pays something like 80k which goes far in Rochester, but the drawback is you have to live in Rochester. NY Court of Appeals clerkships are fairly competitive, a classmate of mine (Class of 2016) landed one but it doesn't start until August 2017.