How are floater clerkships viewed?

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How are floater clerkships viewed?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:37 pm

I recently interviewed for a "floater" clerkship position in a federal district court. How is this type of position viewed in comparison to directly clerking for a federal district court judge? Are your post clerkship opportunities limited in any way?

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Re: How are floater clerkships viewed?

Postby QContinuum » Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:11 am

Compared to being assigned to a single judge? Generally the traditional position would be viewed more positively. Folks may question how much mentorship you'd get as a "floater." Relative to a state-court clerkship (other than the highest court in CA/NY/MA)? Take the floater.

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Re: How are floater clerkships viewed?

Postby 20181989 » Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:48 am

I don't perceive a difference. I do a fair amount of interviewing/hiring at my major-market lit boutique, and we see "floater" clerkships (tho never heard that term before) fairly frequently. They're basically viewed equivalently. The only issue that can sometimes arise is referencing - because you rotate, clerks don't always wind up w/one judge who can go to bat for them in the way that term clerks' judges usually can. But as long as you develop a good relationship w/at least one of the judges, who can serve as a reference, you're fine.



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