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DC Superior Court Clerkship

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:13 pm

I heard it's not very prestigious because of the types of cases they do. Would it help getting into a mid to big sized firm doing commercial litigation? How do midlaw firms view it? Thanks!

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Re: DC Superior Court Clerkship

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:49 pm

From what I understand, the state-level trial court clerkship itself would not help you get jobs you were not otherwise qualified for. Even though DC Superior Court is an excellent state-level court, DC is a competitive market. However, if your judge helps you network, that relationship may be quite valuable.

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Re: DC Superior Court Clerkship

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:58 pm

So if my stats and experience prior to the clerkship wouldn't be sufficient to get an interview or job at a firm, this won't help change that?

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Re: DC Superior Court Clerkship

Postby Mr. Blackacre » Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:33 pm

Anonymous User wrote:So if my stats and experience prior to the clerkship wouldn't be sufficient to get an interview or job at a firm, this won't help change that?


For biglaw most likely not. If your stats/experience were sufficient before, it won't make a difference. But if they weren't, it will not provide the bump necessary to be competitive. I don't really know enough about midlaw (or even what constitutes "midlaw" in a place like DC) to say for sure.

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Re: DC Superior Court Clerkship

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:38 pm

Mr. Blackacre wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:So if my stats and experience prior to the clerkship wouldn't be sufficient to get an interview or job at a firm, this won't help change that?


For biglaw most likely not. If your stats/experience were sufficient before, it won't make a difference. But if they weren't, it will not provide the bump necessary to be competitive. I don't really know enough about midlaw (or even what constitutes "midlaw" in a place like DC) to say for sure.


Seconded. Do a clerkship for the experience, not the resume line. It will make you more competitive than someone else with similar credentials, but it won't replace an otherwise insufficient resume.

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Re: DC Superior Court Clerkship

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:39 pm

I'm a superior court clerk. I'm going to a non-immigration DOJ honors component. Its all what you make of it.

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Re: DC Superior Court Clerkship

Postby Mr. Blackacre » Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:43 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Mr. Blackacre wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:So if my stats and experience prior to the clerkship wouldn't be sufficient to get an interview or job at a firm, this won't help change that?


For biglaw most likely not. If your stats/experience were sufficient before, it won't make a difference. But if they weren't, it will not provide the bump necessary to be competitive. I don't really know enough about midlaw (or even what constitutes "midlaw" in a place like DC) to say for sure.


Seconded. Do a clerkship for the experience, not the resume line. It will make you more competitive than someone else with similar credentials, but it won't replace an otherwise insufficient resume.


For the record, I'd also like to say that D.C. Superior Court is the bomb and some judges there are truly amazing. So with realistic expectations, I would totally do it.




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