PeanutsNJam wrote:Anybody know if it's at all possible to get district, or even circuit clerkships in 9th, 2nd, or maybe DC?
One data point: I had a ninth circuit interview, but no offer. Not sure how many others were interviewed/how close I was. No ties, no calls, no prior WUSTL clerks.
Here's my (unsolicited) take on transferring from the top of the class for clerkships: if you're in the top 5-10 people, you've got a pretty good chance at 5/6/8/10. The problem with 2/9/DC, in addition to generally being more competitive, is that we just don't seem to have profs with ties to those circuits. That's the only way I can explain the placement difference between us and, say, Vandy, who places clerks on the DC circuit. You're essentially banking on establishing such a connection at your new school, which may not be within your control.
Also, not that you asked, but if clerking is a factor in your transferring calculus, the distinction between 2/9/DC and any other COA should be waaaay down the list. Many current/former clerks on TLS will tell you the same.
As for district court clerkships, it's a lot harder to generalize. Judge Otero in LA regularly hires WUSTL students, and I'm sure there are others.