Br3v wrote:emkay625 wrote:Anonymous User wrote:
I need an objective third party I think, because the clerkship counselor has worked with me for months fine tuning everything, and I've had my writing sample looked at by everyone who will take a glance haha. Could also be resume or cover letter. In terms of the number of judges, yeah, it's a little less than 100 (though not by that much of a margin). I don't rely on OSCAR at all, I only rely on explicit knowledge.
Clerk at a non-feeder here, but we just went through the application review process so it's fresh in my mind what we look at when we review stuff. I'd be happy to look at your stuff if you like. PM me if interested.
Edited to add: I'd be happy to do this for anybody, not just the anon who posted above.
Not the anon you're talking to but:
It would actually be really helpful for us all I would think if you gave like 3 or 5 key points you tend to look for at apps!
Yeah, of course!
Here's basically what we look at, in order:
1. Grades overall
2. Grade in legal writing (tippy-top grades in doctrinal classes but median/below median in legal writing is a strike against you)
3. Other demonstrated legal writing accolades? (did you win best memo, are you a legal writing TA, are you taking advanced legal writing courses etc.)
4. Resume: what did you do 1L summer? Where are you going next summer?
5. Resume: any interesting pre-law school experience?
6. Are you on law review?
7. How are your rec letters? Are they generic or can we tell these people actually think you're great?
8. How is your writing sample? There should not be errors. (So many people have errors.)
9. Does clerking make sense for the picture your resume paints? (I.E. if you did transactional work last summer and this coming summer at a city 1500 miles away, why are you wanting to clerk for this court?)
10. your interests - do you seem like someone we would want to spend a whole year with? or do you seem stuckup/like a prick?
11. Do you seem too political? This can be bad no matter which side of the aisle you fall to. Something like ACS or Federalist Society is totally fine. But when your entire resume is all politics stuff (like we had someone whose undergraduate activities, pre-lawschool work experience, law school activities, law school work experience, and even interests were all super political/ideological in one direction), that might be too much for some judges. When you're a clerk, you can't engage in any political activity publicly (like can't even like a facebook status about politics that one of your friends wrote). if your resume suggests you'd be unable to restrain yourself, that's a bad sign. so some political stuff = fine. too much is a bad sign.
-if your school is on like a high pass/pass/fail/high pass system, please give us some sort of benchmark to measure how well you're doing. for instance, your school may not rank, but they probably have some sort of percentage as far as how many high passes a prof gives. you need to somehow show us that. we have chosen not to interview folks because we had no idea if they were at the top of the class, bottom of the class, or somewhere in the middle. doesn't matter if you go to hys.
-please don't list scholarship $ amounts you were awarded on your resume. this is weird.
-please explain any and all terms people who didn't go to your school wouldn't know. For example, at Georgetown, legal writing TAs are called "Law Fellows." We saw apps that just said "Law Fellow" on the resume with no explanation of what that was. Your resume in that scenario should say Law Fellow, 2015-2016 (Teaching Assistant for the Legal Writing Program), or something similar.
A lot of this is probably obvious, but this is really about all there is to it. I wish I had a magic bullet to tell y'all but i don't.
Other questions? I'm happy to help as much as I can.