tstyler98 wrote:Yes, very few people from Wake actually apply for Clerkships. While I don't know who from the 3L class actually applied, but I of the ones I know who did, they got a position. I think a lot of people think they couldn't get one, so they don't bother applying. I'm planning to apply for the 2013-2014 term, but I don't know anyone else yet who is.
I don't want to be douchey, but this is a little disingenuous and I don't want 0Ls to get the wrong idea. It is true that a relatively small portion of the class aggressively chases clerkships. However, implying that anyone who tries to get one can be successful is wrong. Really, really wrong.
We placed a tiny handful (as in, you can count on one hand) in D.Ct. clerkships in each of the last few years. This year, one
person landed one
COA interview- and failed to convert it into an offer. Article III jobs are extraordinarily tough to get out of Wake- top 10%/law review are pretty much pre-requisites. Wake also has an amazingly
thin bench of alumni who are Article III judges.
State court clerkships, local magistrates, etc. are obviously much easier to snag- but these jobs (aside from state supreme courts) carry pretty much none of the prestige or subsequent job opportunities that 0Ls associate with the term "clerkship" as it's used on this site. And the pay is typically wretched at these lower-rung courts.
Just wanted to clarify these points. Keep calm and Red Bull on through finals, Worrellians.
Sorry if it came off that way. I didn't mean it that way. I'm not trying to imply that just anyone can get one if they apply (though I think more people could be successful if they applied). But I was trying to explain why, from my perspective, the numbers are so low. It's not because Wake students aren't successful, but because a lot of them don't apply in the first place (either because they don't want one or because they don't think they can get one).
And yes, certain clerkships are more prestigious, but it really depends on what you want to do afterwards. If you want local ties, a lower paying state court clerkship (which for NC would be with the NC Court of Appeals or Supreme Court) could be really good. If you want a national firm or out of the area, then a Federal clerkship would be better.