Anonymous User wrote:Considering a large state supreme court clerkship.
1) Any chance a firm would allow you to do transactional work after clerkship? I would rather no do litigation and would do a clerkship to get a job w/ a large state firm.
2) Do my ties (state & same LR has judge) mean more than my slightly-above average GPA?
3) The Judge has different political/religious views as me. Not that I think this would be a problem, but would this be a problem?
[Disclosure: Future large-state SSC Clerk]
1) Yes, so long as you can get past the obvious interview question. (Though I have no personal experience here... this is my understanding).
2) It may depend on the state, but in a large state it would seem that there are a lot of people with one of those two ties you list -- that is a large state has a lot of people, and thus a lot of law students who can claim to be from the state -- so I don't know how beneficial that would be over grades. I can't speak to how much value one particular but unnamed judge would place on being an alum of your current journal, and I don't think anyone could speak to that. In the large state with which I'm familiar, good (D. Ct. competitive) grades are necessary, at least for the clerks with whom I'm vaguely familiar with their performance (I'd wager that they're all top 10%, maybe 15% at the outside, perhaps with one exception). Those with whose grades I have no familiarity at come mainly from a variety of T-14s.
3) This is common, especially in one large state with a fairly homogeneous court. It seems the further you get from SCOTUS, the less correlation between a clerk's political/religious background and that of the clerk's judge.