BlackAndOrange84 wrote:Anonymous User wrote:Bumping this question below. Are "appellate" groups large enough to apply to exclusively or are they reserved for like SCOTUS clerks?Anonymous User wrote:Out of a COA, how common is it to get hired in a big law appellate group? Do most people just go to general lit and then work your way up the ladder to appellate specifically, or is it common to go straight to appellate practice after an appellate clerkship?
I know less about getting just appellate work, but I have good friends who had ~30-50% of their work be appellate before they did their COA clerkships and these were at very good firms with respected appellate groups, not just generic biglaw appellate work. I also have a couple good friends who did entirely or largely appellate work after their non-feeder COA clerkships, again, at good, well-respected appellate groups. All that to say, you don't have to be SCOTUS-clerk caliber or bust to get hired into a biglaw appellate group. But it's worth keeping in mind that former SCOTUS clerks and people who clerked for feeders will likely be your competition in those kind of groups.
This was my gut understanding, thanks for the response. I imagine the only real downside to appellate practice is that there are limited exit options, but a mix of general lit and appellate (as you mention) would seem to counter that.