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Anonymous User wrote:Anybody else about ready to pop the cyanide pill? Lol I rejected an offer at the very beginning of my second D.Ct Clerkship that paid $110k in flyover territory because I thought I was going to be hot shit (had casual interest from Jones Day at the time). A grand total of 3 interviews a year later I would take that in a heartbeat. Dinged at 2 with one left that I am less than enthusiastic about taking. I have two other firm opportunities in their infancy, but in states I don't even have a bar pass yet in. Been applying all across America with a focus on Ohio, Kentucky and Georgia because that is where I have the most roots. More venting than anything but is this shit normal? My last co-clerk had to take a job with the state and my current co-clerk just ended up taking a job with the PD's office after striking out. Not sure what's going on out there. Somebody with experience in this said that people usually get hired at the very end of like July or August but damn is this stressful...was cool until about July 4.
Would you mind sharing your stats/info? I'm about to start a clerkship and have a similar offer (flyover, $100k-ish) that I haven't made a decision on. Scared to let something concrete go based on an assumption that I'll likely get something else in the spring. Additional data points on your school/rank/clerkship would be helpful, if possible!
Sure. Only reason why I am slightly skiddish is my stats are super recognizable to anybody who looks on this who knows my resume. T-60 law school (my worst stat) Coif, journal, two post law school publications, two mid-sized summer positions, two D.Ct clerkships (straight from law school to one and straight from one to the other) in two different jurisdictions, bar passage in Ohio and Kentucky. 28 years old. Both my judges are fans and are good references. And for what it's worth I'm extroverted and I think I interview well but who knows. My advice is to haggle your way up and just take the damn thing. If you get something better renege. They will hate you for the rest of time but they have 1,000+ awesome applicants and you'll have at best two or three decent offers. My buddy once reneged on an SA offer in the middle of the year and the managing partner cussed him out for five minutes straight over the phone. Nonetheless he is still in the position he loves and he doesn't regret a thing.
This may help too. My co-clerk was T-20 top 12%, Ivy UG, journal, editorial board, one publication in law school with a MA and basically was shut out until May (don't think he had one big law interview) until he took a PD position at 50k. Also two years out of law school, worked for Public Interest in his gap year before clerkship while I did another D.Ct position. Only applied in one state for firms, but COA nationally (shut out, no interviews). We've both moved around a lot for school and work so the "flight risk" factor may be a problem for both of us.
My previous co-clerk was *ahem* eccentric. He was top 10% T-100 (I think) EIC of Journal, 2 years Magistrate Judge experience, 1.5 years D.Ct,1-2 years small firm. Shut out the whole year big law, rejected mid law at least once took a state agency position at like 50k. Both outcomes of both my colleagues is a miserable finish to me, but to each his own.