I'm in the process of choosing where I'll be doing my school funded fellowship after I graduate (3L at bottom half t14, somewhat below median grades). Right now I think I'm going to go to the AG's office in the state where I grew up (for personal reasons I'm geographically limited for the next year or so). The AG's office looks like a pretty good job, good atmosphere, serious work available for but honestly the pay is shit ($50k) and I'm not sure I'd want to stay there long-term, partly because I don't really want to stay in my home state long-term.
I never really thought about clerking until recently, I just kind of assumed it wasn't an option (sub-mediocre grades, no journal). But would I have a legitimate shot with a year's experience at an AG's office (I'd be doing mostly consumer protection/anti-trust)?
I'd appreciate any insight, I feel like my school's only helpful for clerkships for 1L's and 2L's.
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Disclaimer: 2L going through the application process myself. It's worth a shot to send out the apps, but I wouldn't have very high expectations of getting anything. Just from looking through the OSCAR profiles, most d.ct. judges have a top 10% (most common) or top 15% "preference" for class rank. And after talking to a few d.ct. clerks, when they receive 400 applications for 1-2 spots, it gets pretty tough. Being at a T-14 and having some work experience both help you out, but I don't know if that is enough to overcome your grades. Like I said, it's worth it to send out the apps because you may get lucky, but just temper your expectations.
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