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COA worth it?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:16 pm

Current district court clerk interested in applying for elite litigation boutiques. From what I've seen on firm bios, a fair number of associates also seem to have a COA clerkship under their belts. Looks like I've missed the boat for 2019 hiring, so any COA clerkship would have to start in 2020, by which time, I'll be around 5-6 years out of law school. I don't have any particular interest in appellate work, but can't tell if a COA clerkship is a de facto requirement. If I don't do one, would that significantly affect my chances at a lit boutique? And if I do end up doing one, would the fact that I'll have been out of law school for that long also affect my chances one way or the other? Thanks all.

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Re: COA worth it?

Postby daedalus2309 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:19 pm

Can't answer other questions, but I think positions starting in summer 2019 are still out there. 2L's won't apply to most of those until their fall 2017 grades are out. Feeders are done though.

I would think your seniority is probably a more important factor at this point, for better and for worse.

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Re: COA worth it?

Postby FascinatedWanderer » Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:58 pm

Also I would think your stats would be determinative. If you don't have stats for the top shops, adding a CoA isn't really going to help.

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Re: COA worth it?

Postby rpupkin » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:18 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Current district court clerk interested in applying for elite litigation boutiques. From what I've seen on firm bios, a fair number of associates also seem to have a COA clerkship under their belts. Looks like I've missed the boat for 2019 hiring, so any COA clerkship would have to start in 2020, by which time, I'll be around 5-6 years out of law school.

The "elite litigation boutiques" generally don't hire applicants who are 5-6 years out of law school.

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Re: COA worth it?

Postby Nebby » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:22 pm

In your situation, it's not worth it.

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Re: COA worth it?

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:07 am

OP here. Responses were helpful -- thanks!

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Re: COA worth it?

Postby lolwat » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:08 pm

rpupkin wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Current district court clerk interested in applying for elite litigation boutiques. From what I've seen on firm bios, a fair number of associates also seem to have a COA clerkship under their belts. Looks like I've missed the boat for 2019 hiring, so any COA clerkship would have to start in 2020, by which time, I'll be around 5-6 years out of law school.

The "elite litigation boutiques" generally don't hire applicants who are 5-6 years out of law school.


This. Although, if you aren't getting interviews with the most commonly named TLS "elite litigation boutiques" that generally don't hire applicants 5-6 years out of law school, it could be worth doing the COA clerkship and applying to other "elite litigation boutiques" that aren't quite as well-known around TLS, and which prefer (or even require) actual litigation experience. I suspect by that time, a COA clerkship really isn't going to bump your chances, though.




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