lgleye wrote:franklyscarlet wrote:If you want to apply for clerkships, being a TA is a really great way to build a relationship with a professor as a recommendation.
Yeah, but that’s only if the prof is a heavy-hitter (like Radish, etc.) who has contacts and even judges who were former students. Cookiejar’s talking about a CLR prof, and most of them are transients. Remember that if you’re like most people, you’ve also got journal during your 2L, and diverting even a few hours a week to grade papers will be painful. I'd invest that effort toward enhancing your journal contribution.
Igleye did you apply to clerk? The advice I got from the clerks in the class of 2013 and from Kadens was the opposite of this: a clerkship recommendation is great from anyone who knows your work well (say, a prof you TA for), no matter whether they are famous or teach CLR. I followed that advice and got recommendations from people who aren't even remotely "connected," and when my judge offered me my clerkship she commented on liking my recommendations. I remember 2Ls who struggled to think of profs who even knew who they were when it came time to work on clerkship applications, which is not how you want things to be.
Relationships are really important. It is good to build them with anyone you can. Not pursuing a stronger relationship with a professor because you are worried about your 2L journal contribution seems backwards to me, especially when 1Ls don't even know what journal they are on yet.