UCLABruins2015 wrote:Hi! How is Penn's judicial clerkship placement to the COA 9th circuit? I've been trying to find info on it online, but I couldn't. As students, how does/did the CP&P help you with clerkships, and even biglaw placement if you were looking to go out West (California)? Thanks!
I'm not applying to clerkships so I'll defer to someone else on our 9th circuit clerkship placement. Asking CP&P directly for the numbers might be helpful. Anecdotally, it doesn't seem like a ton of my west coast friends are interested in clerking, including those who would be extremely competitive (read: on law review and/or have top 10-15% grades) so self-selection might play a role on the numbers. I know there's at least a couple 1Ls every year who end up with 9th circuit summer internships, obviously different from clerkship selection.
As far as West Coast big law is concerned, Penn has a huge advantage over our peers in that CP&P sets up a week of regional interviews during late-July and first week of August in CA before OCI. (Regionals is when you can schedule screeners at the firm's offices, as opposed to on-campus in Philly, but firms still can't preselect you.)
When I did regionals, I was the first interviewee a lot of attorneys had spoken to during the cycle. For the past two recruiting cycles, we have had screeners at the offices of almost all the top firms in CA when they still had all their SA spots available because none of the California schools had had their OCIs yet. (Examples of firms on the schedules were: lit boutiques like Munger Tolles/Irell; traditionally West Coast full service firms like Gibson Dunn/Wilson Sonsini/MoFo; V10 satellites like Skadden/SullCrom/Simpson/Kirkland; and other top nationally recognized law firms. Penn students received CA offers from just about every firm I listed.)
I did, however, get some push back from the smaller West Coast firms. Specifically, Nossaman and Snell & Wilmer pushed me a little more on why I would want to work for them when I'd probably get offers from bigger New York firms. Someone applying from a CA school probably wouldn't have that hurdle with those firms. Although my experience may be biased by the fact that people don't advertise their misfortunes, everyone I know who wanted to be on the West Coast this year and had decent grades had firm options on the West Coast but, as always, nothing is guaranteed. Feel free to PM me if you have any more specific questions about Penn's West Coast placement.