Po$eidon wrote:Awesome. How does one go about doing the legwork for clerkships? Networking as a result of what?
Legwork involves a lot of things. As Lincoln mentioned earlier, one thing would be to make a spreadsheet with all the judges you want to apply to. Not all judges use OSCAR, so you'd need to figure out who accepts paper and e-mail apps instead. SDNY in particular has a page with law clerk hiring info
, but it's not always current, so I've had to call chambers a few times. Then you'd have to actually send paper apps, which will involve more work then just firing off electronic apps on OSCAR. The clerkship office should send out instructions on how to actually do it.
In addition to letters of recommendation, it would be very helpful for someone to make calls/e-mails for you, so you'd need to build a relationship with professors and then ask them if they can call/e-mail specific judges for you. It helps if the professor knows the judge. As Lincoln pointed out, if you apply as an alum, you can have supervisors recommend you to any judges they know.
Talking to former clerks is also extremely helpful. You can network with them where-ever you find them. There will be at least a few panels with alumni clerks, and if you do a biglaw SA, plenty of people at your summer firm will have clerked. You can also look up former clerks from Cornell on Symplicity or ask Dean Peck. My current judge never hired a Cornellian before, so I reached out to someone who worked at the same place I spent my 1L summer, and he helped give me tips for the interview. I'm also pretty sure I got my second clerkship mainly because I talked to one of the judge's former clerks before I even applied and mentioned it in my cover letter.
The moot court banquets also offer an opportunity to socialize with judges directly. And some students also get clerkships by taking Federal Appellate Practice in 3L and impressing / socializing with the judges who volunteer to judge the final arguments in NYC.
To give you a sense of the scale, I got maybe 2 clerkship interviews through completely random OSCAR apps, 2 through random paper apps, 2 through socializing with judges at the moot court banquets, 1 through an alum I met at a law school event, and 2 through opportunities the clerkship office flagged for me.