Anonymous User wrote: Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:School range: T14
Recs: Three very strong recs from tenured professors who have clerked
Where applying?: Mostly D.C. Cir. and some other feeders for now.
Not expecting a feeder judge though, so if nothing happens in the next two or three weeks, I'll apply much more broadly to other circuit court judges.
Any other factors: Clerking for a district court judge in 2013-2014.
OP anon here. Got something lined up after all.
Everyone: if you don't have a great first application cycle, apply again the next year. Applying as a 3L with a district court clerkship helped me get attention from judges who might have overlooked me last year.
Congrats! Quick question though: why wouldn't you expect a feeder (though "expect" is probably too strong of a word)? It seems like Top 1% at a T14 with the other boxes checked (LR, published, etc) would make you a prime candidate. I'm hoping for a quasi feeder and am a couple of spots down from you in school and class rank. I have been told that is not unrealistic, though of course still difficult. Are they wrong?
I just noticed what you crossed out and assume that means you got a clerkship with a feeder. Do you mind sharing which block of feeders you locked down? i.e. Between Garland and Sutton, or between Sutton and Gorsuch or between Gorsuch and Pryor (or whatever).
Not OP, but a current clerk (with a 2d clerkship to follow).
General consensus out there:
Outside of T6, and most likely outside of HYS, single digit rank is needed for a feeder, and typically only #1, 2, or 3 has a real shot at a strong feeder (and more importantly, the Court).
Perhaps more importantly, I'm not sure what your "block of feeders" discussion is really about? These days, Judges Gorsuch, Sutton, and Garland are all hiring about the same caliber of people (though, liberals are far more likely to target Judge Garland). And, unless things have changed, Judge Pryor really likes to hire people who are from Alabama (also, I'm not sure if 2 clerks is quite feeder status).