Anonymous User wrote:
Nebby wrote:Are you applying for 18-19?
Yes I am! Sorry forgot to include.
Six months ago, my SDNY chambers had already hired through 2019-20, so if you applied to my judge in the summer/fall, you'd have had to be applying for 2020-21 to not end up in the trash.
Anonymous User wrote:Hello, I'm a 3L and summered at V5. One of my references is a partner at those firms.... because I heard district court judges like that?? I don't know. I'm so sad.
Keep in mind that we get so many applications -- some chambers who use Oscar get over a thousand per spot -- that some judges are forced to rely on idiosyncratic criteria like the baking anecdote above just to whittle down the number of applications to a manageable number. In most cases you just need something that stands out to get your application in front of the judge, like a phone call from someone the judge knows and trusts or EIC of LR at a T14 or whatever.
A LOR from a V5 partner is fine, but it's not necessarily enough. Is the partner a former clerk? Ask him/her to call the judge for him he/she clerked. Is there a law professor or really senior partner who is on a board or panel with a judge? Would that person be willing to speak to the judge on your behalf? That's the kind of thing that gets judges' attention.
Your credentials are good enough, they're just not sufficient to get ahead of the rest of the pack. Work any connections, beef up your application with that little something extra, try again, and make clear that you are applying for 19-20 or any subsequent term. You very well may get it next time.
Edited for clarity.