emciosn wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Ohiobumpkin wrote:How important would it be to write a note (and hopefully publish) on a bankruptcy issue if you have no bankruptcy experience before law school in order to be a competitive candidate for a bankruptcy clerkship? Sorry for the run-on sentence.
Not Op, but a bankruptcy law clerk. I didn't have pre-law school bankruptcy experience and I don't know any law clerks with that either (most just went from undergrad to law school). Take bankruptcy classes (or related classes such as secured transactions, commercial law courses, etc.) and try to work on a few bankruptcy assignments in a summer position (or intern for a bankruptcy judge) so that you vividly describe your interest in bankruptcy law. I didn't write my note on bankruptcy (I am published though), but it would be a plus. I don't think it is essential as long as you can demonstrate an interest in some way or another.
Also a BK law clerk, not OP. I also don't think it is necessary to write your not on a BK issue (I didn't) but it is important to have some sort of BK interest come through on your resume (as discussed above).
On the topic of writing sample though I do have one bit of advice that I think worked for me. There is a publication called the ABI (American Bankruptcy Institute) Journal. It is monthly and basically a collection of short articles on current bankruptcy topics. It is fairly easy to get something in if you select a good topic and submit before someone else writes on it (a recent Circuit Court opinion on a bankruptcy issue or something). The word limit is only 2500 words, so it is not too difficult to research and write and is the perfect length for a writing sample (I think notes can be so long that judges don't bother reading them). You could get an attorney at a firm you are working for to "co-author" the article with you (lends legitimacy) but do the writing research yourself. Even if it doesn't get published it shows the judge you had some initiative to even try (just put a blurb on the top about how you wanted to get it published but someone else wrote on it first, etc.). I did this and every single judge I interviewed with talked about the article with me. It was an interesting topic, short, and easy to digest.
Just a suggestion, and easier and maybe even more useful than doing a whole note on a BK issue.
This is credited. Aside from a writing sample, joining ABI may demonstrate interest in bankruptcy.