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Circuit Clerkship Question...

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:31 am

Hi all - I have a district court clerkship lined up for 2014-2015, am currently in the top ten percent, and have some good credentials associated with moot court / appellate clinic. That said, I am not on LR. What are my chances for a circuit clerkship in 2015-2016? The clerkship person at my school said I am competitive for everyone but feeders, but I feel like I need to take that with a grain of salt. Any input / advice? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Circuit Clerkship Question...

Postby arklaw13 » Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:48 am

Anonymous User wrote:Hi all - I have a district court clerkship lined up for 2014-2015, am currently in the top ten percent, and have some good credentials associated with moot court / appellate clinic. That said, I am not on LR. What are my chances for a circuit clerkship in 2015-2016? The clerkship person at my school said I am competitive for everyone but feeders, but I feel like I need to take that with a grain of salt. Any input / advice? Thanks in advance.


Top 10% at what range of schools?

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Re: Circuit Clerkship Question...

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:49 am

What school (range) do you go to? I know many people who got circuit clerkships (including feeder clerkships) without LR. It will come down to the judge - some require LR, others don't.

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Re: Circuit Clerkship Question...

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:58 am

Sorry - MVP

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Re: Circuit Clerkship Question...

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:17 pm

I think if you apply broadly (especially in the circuit where you'll be clerking next year), you would have a good chance. It could go either way. But I think the top 10% plus district court clerkship is a nice set of credentials. As mentioned above, some judges require LR for whatever reason, but others don't. In the end, you only need one. :)

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Re: Circuit Clerkship Question...

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:18 pm

I clerked for a feeder judge. LR was looked favorably on, but certainly not required.

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Re: Circuit Clerkship Question...

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:29 pm

Current COA clerk in crappy city here - law review is preferred but certainly not required.

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Re: Circuit Clerkship Question...

Postby bruinfan10 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:01 am

Anonymous User wrote:Hi all - I have a district court clerkship lined up for 2014-2015, am currently in the top ten percent, and have some good credentials associated with moot court / appellate clinic. That said, I am not on LR. What are my chances for a circuit clerkship in 2015-2016? The clerkship person at my school said I am competitive for everyone but feeders, but I feel like I need to take that with a grain of salt. Any input / advice? Thanks in advance.

Your clerkship adviser gave you the best general placement prediction possible, but this hiring game is incredibly idiosyncratic. Placing an enthusiastic call from a professor to chambers at just the right time, having a recommender hook you up, or applying to an alum from your school could change the calculus. Maybe a feeder will have some weird connection to a line on your resume and call you in for an interview just for kicks - you never know! I'd apply broadly (if you're not geographically constrained for some reason), and I'd say you've got a decent shot at non-feeders.




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