State appellate clerks: Plans after clerkingship?

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State appellate clerks: Plans after clerkingship?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:06 am

I was hoping some current state appellate clerks could comment on their post-clerkship plans.

From what I understand, state appellate clerks--even though not as heavily recruited as federal clerks--remain pretty competitive when applying to law firms in the state where they clerked.

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Re: State appellate clerks: Plans after clerkingship?

Postby ZyzzBrah » Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:49 pm

cant speak from personal experience, but have spoke with the prior clerks of the ssc judge Im going to next year. Most had sa's and just went back, but one I spoke with one in particular who didnt have an sa and got into big law in DC (im in a neighboring state).

So from what I've heard of from clerks in my state, you can go to big law--but its difficult because so much of the hiring is done through summer programs

Also what region is the state clerkship, because some states are considered very competitive (i.e. VA)

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Re: State appellate clerks: Plans after clerkingship?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Nov 15, 2013 4:53 pm

Am just starting the post-clerkship job hunt. First thing is find a list of firms that don't pay bonuses to SSC's. I know about Quinn, any others?

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Re: State appellate clerks: Plans after clerkingship?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Nov 16, 2013 2:35 am

Current SSC clerk.

Had a SA at a V100. Going back to it once I'm done. Honestly, if you can swing this, do it because my goodness it's a load off my mind.

Other SSC clerks that I know have either gone the career clerk route or to a firm within the state. Those that didn't have a SA with a firm are finding that the hiring season is pretty antsy: firms fill up their needed slots after the summer rush, and then laterals are there to plug the holes. A clerk is neither a summer nor practically experienced like a lateral, so they fall into a mushy middle ground. Hiring opportunities appear to open up in late Winter (post holidays)/early Spring. Don't know if that's just my state or what, I'm only hearing it second hand.

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Re: State appellate clerks: Plans after clerkingship?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Nov 17, 2013 11:40 am

Current clerk in intermediate appellate. Applying to mid size firms, but I don't leave the bench until August, so most are telling me to follow up later, but at least I'm getting replies and interest rather than the usual no-reply or rejection.

Will also throw out apps for government work too, I know a bunch of appellate clerks that went to the Attorney General. I wouldn't mind working there at at all, I just worry about where I get put. I can't do the minor guardian/parental rights stuff. I just can't.




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