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Boost for publication?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 29, 2016 10:23 am

Alum applicant currently practicing and applying for district court clerkships. Does anyone know how much of a boost (if any) a publication would provide to an application? There's a topic that I think I can write a decent piece on, but not sure if it would be the extra effort if it's something that doesn't move the needle. FWIW, I've also published a piece while in law school.

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Re: Boost for publication?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 29, 2016 1:08 pm

It's going to be entirely judge-dependent. For judges who care, I'd say it'd give you a small-to-medium boost (depending on the judge, the topic of the publication, and the placement of the publication). But if you haven't ever written a law review article, it's an enormous effort. On a per-hour basis, it's probably one of the most negligible things that you could do to help your application.

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Re: Boost for publication?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 30, 2016 9:03 am

Anonymous User wrote:It's going to be entirely judge-dependent. For judges who care, I'd say it'd give you a small-to-medium boost (depending on the judge, the topic of the publication, and the placement of the publication). But if you haven't ever written a law review article, it's an enormous effort. On a per-hour basis, it's probably one of the most negligible things that you could do to help your application.


Makes sense, thanks for the response.

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Re: Boost for publication?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:36 pm

My judge (DJ) could not care less. It would be a complete waste of time if you were to apply here.

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Re: Boost for publication?

Postby mjb447 » Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:42 pm

Anonymous User wrote:On a per-hour basis, it's probably one of the most negligible things that you could do to help your application.

Basically agree with this, and I think it's particularly true if you already published a piece in law school. Your resume already signals 'published author' somewhere - the difference between zero and one publication is bigger than the difference between one and two (at least in my experience).

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Re: Boost for publication?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:48 am

OP here. Thanks for the helpful responses! It's a topic of personal interest, so I'll probably write on my own time, but won't sweat it for upcoming applications.

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Re: Boost for publication?

Postby HillandHollow » Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:41 pm

Would it change anyone's calculus if the applicant was not on any journal in law school?

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Re: Boost for publication?

Postby Lincoln » Mon Jan 30, 2017 3:54 pm

In my chambers, a publication might be a tie-breaker with another good candidate who did not publish anything. A second publication would barely get noticed.



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