ndirish2010 wrote:Out of the five clerks in my building when I was clerking at a district court, I was the only male. And two of the judges were male. Just to add a random anecdote.'
In my law school class, a lot of the women at the top of the class did not want to clerk. Same with the class after me. I don't know why that was, but the men proportionally showed much more interest in clerking.
Yeah, I think mostly everyone's going off of anecdotes (me absolutely included), though it's interesting what different people see. I remember being startled by how many of the COA clerks in the circuit I was in were male (I was not a COA clerk, and didn't see a big disparity at the DCt level). But most of the time people's experience (including mine) is limited to at most 1-2 jurisdictions over a fairly short period, so it's hard to know how far to take any of it.
I'm sure there are some judges who hire women over men if all else is equal, but I'm not convinced that generally speaking being a woman helps a lot just because there are fewer of them.
Big Dog wrote:
And I'd be curious to see if women do get hired at higher rates than men, compared to their representation.
And higher ranked firms?
I was only talking about clerkships, to be clear; I don't think anyone's suggested women have an advantage in firm hiring because fewer of them apply. Last I checked there were plenty of women going into biglaw.