What are my chances at a Federal District Court Clerkship

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What are my chances at a Federal District Court Clerkship

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:12 pm

I have just started applying for the 2018-19 term in places that may not be as competitive, and I want to know my chances.

A little about myself:
-AA
-Strong Public Service Record (USAO, Non profits, etc)
-State Appellate Clerkship
-T-50 school
-Just outside the top 1/3 of my class
-Moot Court, Journal and Published

Thoughts?

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Re: What are my chances at a Federal District Court Clerkship

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:59 am

If your state appellate clerkship was with the highest court of the state, there's an outside chance that your application may make it onto the judges desk and get some consideration. Otherwise, look for judges who either (1) come from your school, (2) have hired from your school, (3) have some connection to the judge you clerked for. Overall, I'm not sure how your application is going to stand out from all the others, especially when many are in top 10% from higher ranked law schools. The best thing you may have going for you is your publication but hard to say not knowing the type of journal in which it is published.

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Re: What are my chances at a Federal District Court Clerkship

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:25 pm

Sounds like you'd need a special connection or unusual circumstances to get a DJ clerkship. If you really want to clerk at the federal level, I'd consider an MJ clerkship, they can pretty commonly go on to DJ if they want to, and they are much, much easier to get.

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Re: What are my chances at a Federal District Court Clerkship

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:43 pm

I clerk in a not as competitive district. I'd recommend you work whatever connections you have (and whatever connections your school/professors have). I don't see anything in the OP that would differentiate you from a bunch of other resumes that wouldn't escape the stack. You'd have to have some very interesting work or volunteer experience on your resume that would catch our eye to have any hope of escaping the pile.



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