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bench memo as writing sample

Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 12:19 pm
by timmyd
I would like to make one of my bench memos a writing sample. I will, of course, ask the Judge whether that is appropriate. The questions for the forum are (1) have any other clerks used a bench memo as a writing sample, and (2) how did you decide which to use?

Re: bench memo as writing sample

Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 1:32 pm
by lolwat
I haven't used bench memos, but I would guess the advice is no real different than any other writing sample -- if your judge is fine with it, use whichever one reflects your best writing and legal analysis.

Re: bench memo as writing sample

Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:52 pm
by BVest
If your judge says yes, you could ask if there were any he thought stood out.

Re: bench memo as writing sample

Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2016 11:03 pm
by hdivschool
As a writing sample for what? I've not heard of someone using a bench memo as a writing sample. I'd recommend something self-contained, and understandable without reference to the other case materials.

Re: bench memo as writing sample

Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:16 pm
by Anonymous User
hdivschool wrote:As a writing sample for what? I've not heard of someone using a bench memo as a writing sample. I'd recommend something self-contained, and understandable without reference to the other case materials.


:roll: A good bench memo should be clear enough on the case materials to be self-contained. I got a competitive d.ct. clerkship using a bench memo as a writing sample.