purpletiger wrote:Has anyone done the SCOTUS clinic (i.e., alums)? Or heard about it? Considering whether to bid all my points for it, I guess.
IAFG wrote: purpletiger wrote:
IAFG wrote:I've never heard a good thing said about it before now. Knowing what I do now, there are only 2 clinics I would do, and it's not one of them.
Well for my particular interests and goals. People should do what they're interested in. There's not a Law Review of clinics that is going to be a game changer for you.
The above advice is credited in terms of clinics, think of them as a way to start getting experience in an area that interests you. Try to figure out the skills you will most often use (Brief writing? Meeting with clients? Motion practice?) in each clinic, and what the focus of the practice is (juvenile? wrongful convictions? etc) and then match to your interests. I'd also add to your consideration any information you can find about the workload timing.
Re: SCOTUS specifically. It is indeed costly, and will likely impact your ability to take other popular classes (though everybody was still able to fill a schedule). The workload is much like real practice, in that sometimes you can be very slow and other times slammed, it's just the way it works out. Pros: Visiting the Court (no additional cost, includes Q&A with a justice, private tour by clerks, etc), writing petitions/merits briefs that actually go before the Court, lectures with interesting guest professors, and getting a chance to peek into the tiny corner of the law that is supreme court practice. Cons: can be a lot of work, expectations are high (not necessarily a con, but know you cannot blow it off), can be a bit disorganized (the profs both have a lot going on, you have to be responsible for your own case schedule...again, like a real associate), point expensive. My thoughts were along the lines of "I'll probably never get the chance to do this work/experience again," and I'm glad I took it. My classmates in other clinics felt similarly about their experiences, so it really comes down to where your interests lie.