G. T. L. Rev. wrote:Not that I can think of, although some judges who hire externs refuse to hire their externs as clerks as a matter of principle. HLS and YLS students may be able to comment on this more authoritatively than I can, as quite a few judges teach at those schools (e.g., Calabresi, Kavanaugh, Boudin).Anonymous User wrote:Do judges who also teach have any ethical bars to hiring their students? I have a professor who has offered to pick up the phone in the spring and talk to a certain judge to recommend hiring me as a clerk. However, that judge teaches a class at my school. Obviously if I can treat it as a semester long interview, I'll do it to get the leg up. However, is there any particular reason why the judge might avoid hiring his students?The other side of the question -- if judges DO hire their students, are the classes complete gunnervilles? It seems like everyone would want to take part in this "semester long interview."
The post above suggests that the answer is yes, and I have heard the same on multiple occasions.
A Second Circuit judge who teaches at CLS has explicitly said performance in his class is something he'll consider (and has hired students before).