Potential externship with trial judge....help?

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Potential externship with trial judge....help?

Postby as stars burn » Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:04 pm

Thanks for the advice! Got the externship, learned a lot...and it went really well :)
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Re: Potential clerkship with trial judge....help?

Postby patrickd139 » Tue Mar 22, 2011 4:46 pm

First, it's an internship, not a clerkship. Clerkships are full-time, paid positions, usually taking place immediately after graduation, but not always.

Second, it's a job interview, for a summer position, that's unpaid. And unless it's for a trial judge in NYC, Chicago, DC, etc., it's likely to be relatively uncompetitive and laid back. Do a little research on your prospective judge's background recent rulings if you want to have a few talking points (or subject areas to avoid).

As for what a trail judge does, that's such a wide range of things it can't possibly be put in a single post. More pertinent to what you're asking is probably what you would be doing for that trial judge as an intern. This will largely consist of observing proceedings, and possibly some light research and writing assignments, depending on your judge and what s/he is doing at the time. Don't worry about impressing the judge (nor would I suggest you try to do so). The interview will mostly be to make sure that the judge can stand being around you all summer.

Relax, be personable and act professionally. If you're offered the job, seriously consider taking it. Especially if you want to be a litigatorrix, doing a judicial internship can be very valuable exposure to a wide variety of topics and experiences.

Edit: read your profile. Disregard the part about the less competitive nature. It's probably not Art. III competitive, but definitely have your interview game face on, as you're likely not the only one applying for that spot. GL!

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