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Is 74 applications too many?

Postby Waterfront_79 » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:03 pm

I've been encouraged to apply broadly but, at the same time, I don't want to stretch myself thin.

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:08 pm

No. For many (probably most) applicants, it wouldn't be nearly enough.

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby Waterfront_79 » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:10 pm

Anonymous User wrote:No. For many (probably most) applicants, it wouldn't be nearly enough.


Good lord

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:13 pm

Anonymous User wrote:No. For many (probably most) applicants, it wouldn't be nearly enough.

Agreed.

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:36 pm

I only got 11 interviews out of about 110 applications so I think 74 is totally fine.

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby Waterfront_79 » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:42 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I only got 11 interviews out of about 110 applications so I think 74 is totally fine.


Out of curiosity, what were your stats and how many of your apps were sent to reaches/targets?

And jeez, 11 interviews? That's rough. Did some judges give you non-exploding offers or was your heart broken 10 times?

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby runinthefront » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:48 pm

A. Nony Mouse wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:No. For many (probably most) applicants, it wouldn't be nearly enough.

Agreed.
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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby rpupkin » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:54 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I only got 11 interviews out of about 110 applications so I think 74 is totally fine.

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby bk1 » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:54 pm

11 interviews is a high number for even decent candidates. 74 applications is low unless you are focusing on a smaller geographic area. You should probably be in the hundreds if you're applying all over the country.

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:59 pm

Waterfront_79 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I only got 11 interviews out of about 110 applications so I think 74 is totally fine.


Out of curiosity, what were your stats and how many of your apps were sent to reaches/targets?

And jeez, 11 interviews? That's rough. Did some judges give you non-exploding offers or was your heart broken 10 times?


I declined a handful of the interviews for various reasons (and one is upcoming) but I had a pretty rough run, yeah.

Stats are top 3% HYSCCN.

Edited to add: I only applied to major city D. Cts. (SDNY, EDNY, CDCA, NDCA, EDPA, D. Mass) and circuits.
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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby BlackAndOrange84 » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:15 pm

Waterfront_79 wrote:I've been encouraged to apply broadly but, at the same time, I don't want to stretch myself thin.


Weak shit, bruh. Do you even want to clerk?

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby Waterfront_79 » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:16 pm

BlackAndOrange84 wrote:
Waterfront_79 wrote:I've been encouraged to apply broadly but, at the same time, I don't want to stretch myself thin.


Weak shit, bruh. Do you even want to clerk?


Hah, fair enough

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby BlackAndOrange84 » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:21 pm

Waterfront_79 wrote:
BlackAndOrange84 wrote:
Waterfront_79 wrote:I've been encouraged to apply broadly but, at the same time, I don't want to stretch myself thin.


Weak shit, bruh. Do you even want to clerk?


Hah, fair enough


Glad you took it in good humor.

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:47 pm

I applied to well over 100 judges, nearly all on OSCAR but with a dozen or so paper and email. Those yielded only six interviews and one offer. 74 is a healthy number but certainly not "too many"--if you are geographically flexible, you could do many more.

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby Waterfront_79 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:17 am

I've upped my apps to 85. Nearly all by mail. Will be a fun day at the local USPS.

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby FascinatedWanderer » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:08 am

Doesn't your clerkship office mail these out for you?

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby haus » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:16 am

Well, if you were Dr. Sheldon Cooper you would send 73 applications.

http://bigbangtheory.wikia.com/wiki/73

ETA: although I doubt he would be a good clerk...
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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:18 am

FascinatedWanderer wrote:Doesn't your clerkship office mail these out for you?

At a lot of (non-T14) schools, no.

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby grand inquisitor » Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:21 am

there's no such thing as spreading yourself too thin in clerkship applications. if it gets to the point you have to start being selective about interview timing, you can do that and count yourself #blessed, but don't self-select yourself out of opportunities at the front end.

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby mjb447 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 11:02 am

grand inquisitor wrote:there's no such thing as spreading yourself too thin in clerkship applications. if it gets to the point you have to start being selective about interview timing, you can do that and count yourself #blessed, but don't self-select yourself out of opportunities at the front end.

Agreed. Once you have your basic package of clerkship application materials together, the marginal cost of applying to additional clerkships is very, very low compared to the potential benefit. If you're pretty flexible re: geographical location, you can send out far more applications than you have.

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby lavarman84 » Thu Sep 15, 2016 3:41 pm

A. Nony Mouse wrote:
FascinatedWanderer wrote:Doesn't your clerkship office mail these out for you?

At a lot of (non-T14) schools, no.


Yep. Went into my CSO (we don't have a clerkship office independent of the CSO) at my non-t14 school to ask if they mail clerkship applications for students. The people in the office looked at me like I was crazy.

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby ArtistOfManliness » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:19 pm

lawman84 wrote:
A. Nony Mouse wrote:
FascinatedWanderer wrote:Doesn't your clerkship office mail these out for you?

At a lot of (non-T14) schools, no.


Yep. Went into my CSO (we don't have a clerkship office independent of the CSO) at my non-t14 school to ask if they mail clerkship applications for students. The people in the office looked at me like I was crazy.


Isn't uniform in the T-14 either (SLS doesn't... or didn't tell me about it which is bullshit)

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:09 am

Waterfront_79 wrote:I've been encouraged to apply broadly but, at the same time, I don't want to stretch myself thin.


I finished top 10% at HYS, no LR/LJ. Applied during 2L to around 100 district and circuit judges, all in or within 2 hours of NYC. 2 interviews. 1 offer. I would apply as broadly and to as many judges as you can.

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Re: Is 74 applications too many?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Oct 01, 2016 12:04 pm

Waterfront_79 wrote:I've been encouraged to apply broadly but, at the same time, I don't want to stretch myself thin.


It really varies, I think. Are you only applying COA? Then, as long as you are realistic, 74 is fine. I applied to around 50 (exclusively COA) and got eight interviews (two after I had accepted an offer so only actually did six). I threw a couple feeder applications out (not super realistic with my stats but figured might as well) but also avoided circuits where I knew judges were unlikely to hire from my school (lower T14). There are just a lot of factors. I'd say 74 is fine but if you have the time and energy it certainly doesn't hurt to send out more.



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