Anonymous User wrote:I'm the anon who asked about SCOTUS.
Thanks, that's really helpful. I think I might be able to have some professors with some connections back me, and could make those connections stronger next semester. Though I don't know if they would be hesitant to back me though because they would have to back the current top 3 students, etc. I guess I can cross that bridge if I ever get there.
All this might be moot though if it's already too late for 2018-19 feeders. When is too late for that?
Also, to the other anon, are you aiming for SCOTUS? If so, good luck!
Same anon as above -- it's definitely not too late, but be aware that some of the very top judges are starting to interview for 2018-19 now. I'd recommend talking to an administrator or professor in your school ASAP to hear what they think your chances are. If they think you'd have a shot, get the application materials together over break and start sending out some apps.
Some other ideas other than straight back-to-back COAs:
1. You could try and get a really well known DC judge (think Boasberg or Feinerman) so that you have a valuable experience in case you don't get the court.
2. You could try for certain COA judges that are known to give you lighter workloads and try to publish a few papers during that year.
3. You could try for fellowships (fed government or academic) in order to boost your credentials.
Overall I think that outside the very top candidates, more and more clerks have taken at least a few years off doing other (usually cool & prestigious) things.
Edit: For the second option, I've heard about certain COA judges -- some on senior status, some just doing most work on their own -- that are known to be pre-academia type experiences in terms of giving you an opportunity to publish. I can't remember any of them off the top of my head unfortunately