ughbugchugplug wrote:Couple of question, hope you don't mind helping me out:
1) Having spoken to some upper classmen, I've been getting the general impression that 12 credits is a reasonable goal for first semester, given that there's a strong chance I'll be on some journal. Does that sound about right? I'm looking at taking something like two exam classes and trying for one of the six credit internships. Do I need more substantive classes/are internships worth the time? Which am I more likely to get out of in a 'lawyer in the best sense' sense?
2) I'm also interested in fed clerking and would like to try to avoid screwing myself out of that. I assume I'm going to want to do Admin, Bus Orgs, Sec reg, evidence, tax, crim pro, fed courts, etc. Should I try to have some done by the time that I'm applying or wait till later?
1) I took 12 credits 2L Fall, but remember you need to take an average of 13 credits per semester so you'll need to make it up eventually. One of the 6 credit internships (AG?) + 2 exam classes sounds fine. Ideally, one should be a seminar so you can use the seminar paper as your note, unless you think you can handle two separate papers. Maybe sign up for oral presentation skills or intro to depositions if you want to increase your credit count this semester without committing to too much work. No idea what you want to get out of the internship, and I haven't done one, so not sure if it's worth the time.
2) This is just my opinion, but imo tax and even sec reg are completely unnecessary. Main classes judges like to see are fed courts, evidence and admin. Of course some judges differ depending on their docket. I know one district court judge that wanted clerks to take employment law because 25% of his cases involved employment claims. Another district judge thought every lawyer should take an accounting class. And a circuit judge didn't care at all as long as you took Fed Courts. Definitely take one of Evidence / Admin / CrimPro this semester because the registrar scheduled them all at the same time, and so who knows whether they'll pull the same dumb schedule in the future. Probably CrimPro since that's the only one that you can't take in the Spring with a different prof if the registrar keeps screwing up. You don't need all your classes to be clerkship-oriented, but probably avoid things like lawyers in the movies.