kalvano wrote:I can see that. I guess my question is more geared towards places with no ties...is it better to try and make up something, even something tenuous, like I would for a firm, or do judges not care that much? The UVA thing mentions how firms want you for several years, but judges want for 1-2 and you're done, so ties don't mean as much.
So if I have to stretch it for ties, is it best to just leave it alone, or should I mention that I want to stay in the state afterwards?
I would not make something up or add something tenuous. You risk looking disingenuous. If your grades / creds are a little better (maybe on par) compared to students at the local schools, I think you will have a shot regardless of the ties.
But as trayduece mentioned, I believe a number of state courts (mine included) want you to take that state's bar exam. If you plan to do so, mention that in the cover letter.
I'm not a fed clerk but interned with several fed courts and went through the off-plan process. My understanding from the process was that most federal judges do not care a great deal about ties (especially in large cities), but some judges in smaller/"flyover" districts care a great deal. Judges are people with different opinions; universal advice is difficult to provide.