Anonymous User wrote:As far as qualifications go for BK clerkships (outside of SDNY and Del), is BK experience/interest paramount?
I have some BK experience at a firm I work at, and have taken a couple BK courses in LS. GPA not set in stone but will hopefully/likely be somewhere around top 25/33% when I apply from a school similar to yours. Also on a secondary journal.
Anything else I can do in order to be competitive?
Not OP--I am starting a bankruptcy clerkship this fall and did like 8 interviews last fall with bankruptcy judges. A demonstrated interest in bankruptcy is extremely important. So, it is not that experience is necessary per se but you do need enough on your resume to show that you are actually really interested in bankruptcy and not just applying to BK clerkships because you feel they are less competitive etc. You generally demonstrate an interest in bankruptcy by having bankruptcy related activities on your resume (plus bankruptcy coursework, including secured transactions/payment systems).
Playing up and bankruptcy experience you got at a firm is good, try to get something bankruptcy-related published perhaps (the ABI journal is monthly and if you could get a practitioner to sign on it may not be so hard to get something in), St. John's has a bankruptcy moot court competition every spring (Duberstein--would have to wait until next year for that obviously), you could try to get an internship during the semester with a local bankruptcy judge, you could join the ABI (for students it is only $20), basically anything that gets the word bankruptcy on your resume.
Even outside of D. Del and SDNY demonstrating an interest in bankruptcy is extremely important. Being able to convince the judge that you are actually interested in bankruptcy at your interview will be equally as important. D. Del and SDNY bankruptcy judges have 300+ applications for each spot, even in less prestigious districts you still have 100+ for a single spot. Now, these may not be D. Ct. or COA numbers but the positions are still very competitive and the judges have no reason to waste their time on someone who is not genuinely interested in clerking for a bankruptcy judge.
As far as your grades go: the higher the better (do as well as you can this semester obviously). If you are from a T1 your grades would not disqualify you from judges not in SDNY and D. Del (you may be out in the more competition Texas and California districts as well) but you will probably have to really demonstrate an interest through your activities to get an interview. I have seen some stuff around here that says top third makes you competitive for bankruptcy clerkships but I don't really think that is the case ITE. Strong grades and a demonstrated interest is a must.
I came out of a T20--don't want to give too many more details since I'm not anon (I really think abuse of the anonymous feature is rampant in the clerkship forum) but PM if you have any more questions.