Clerking for a Magistrate Judge

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Maj2017

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Clerking for a Magistrate Judge

Postby Maj2017 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:31 pm

I worked in big law for a few years following law school and now plan to clerk for a federal magistrate judge for a one-year term. I loved litigation and many aspects of my job; however, as happens to a lot of young associates in big law, I suffered burnout. I hated that most of my personal life had somehow fallen by the wayside. Most of the other associates that started with me either left or were themselves pretty miserable. One of my former fellow associates went on to clerk full time for a magistrate and convinced me to give it a try.

I'm excited at the prospect of trying my hand at clerking, but most of the advice/publications I've found really only address district courts or COA positions. I would be thankful for any advice or perspective on what to expect, particularly with respect to work/life balance. I understand that a lot of it really depends upon the judge and jurisdiction, but general terms will suffice for now. Thanks in advance!

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Re: Clerking for a Magistrate Judge

Postby mjb447 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:36 pm

There's not much of an answer beyond it depends on the judge and district, though. I know several MJ clerks who regularly leave at 5, and I know several MJ clerks who are regularly at the office until 6:30 or 7. I don't think many are as bad as biglaw, but some probably are. Can you talk to any former clerks?

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Re: Clerking for a Magistrate Judge

Postby Maj2017 » Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:59 pm

mjb447 wrote:There's not much of an answer beyond it depends on the judge and district, though. I know several MJ clerks who regularly leave at 5, and I know several MJ clerks who are regularly at the office until 6:30 or 7. I don't think many are as bad as biglaw, but some probably are. Can you talk to any former clerks?



I understand what you're saying but even that is encouraging. TBH, leaving at 6:30 or 7 will feel like a part time job.



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