The OSCAR posting says she has two openings for 2014. Strange that those positions seemed to have been filled a few months back and are now open again.
I saw that this morning. I'm curious as to whether the general consensus is that I'd be wasting my time by sending in an application (my guess is yes because of the grades and the supercompetitive circuit). Here's me:
Top 20% or so from a CCN (not even close to top 10%).
Clerked for a well-respected USDC judge in a major market. He'd write a letter and take calls but probably not call himself.
Several years of practice experience, including government practice where I was lead counsel in a bunch of big cases.
Currently seniorish associate with a biglaw satellite office in a flyover city (where we live for my spouse's job).
Several publications (5+), including LR articles cited by a federal COA and a SSC.
The really long story short is that (i) family circumstances mean that a one year relocation in 2014-15 is very doable, (2) my current employer would probably let me go off for a year for a COA clerkship, and (3) I'd ultimately like to try to go into academia if/once the current hiring quasi-freeze is lifted, and the lack of a COA clerkship is a black mark on my CV.