kyle010723 wrote:I think if anything, the conservative reputation only helps us. Especially with clerkship placements. Justice Scalia regularly hires clerks from ND, Chief Justice Robert just recently hired a ND grad, and Justice Thomas will be teaching a class here this semester. Our clerkship placement is on par with some T14 schools. So if you think clerking is something you might consider down the road, ND is a great place to be outside of T14.
I absolutely have researched this because clerkships are definitely something I'm interested in. I was a little apprehensive for the aforementioned reason that I'm definitely non conservative.
Again, I don't have to pass some litmus test for my political/religious/ethical beliefs prior to being considered for clerkships? Especially for those I saw in the 9th circuit and SCOTUS....?
Very interested in this. Judges who interview more from conservative schools, it would seem
, have to be interested in a conservative (or at least a conservatively educated) candidate. I assume lots of judges like variety and even opposition. And, obviously, it all comes from a stance of political impartiality in research/writing. But, we know the SCOTUS is politicized, so it is more nuanced than that. Scalia and Roberts' slight penchant for BYU, ND may
represent that. They have obviously taken clerks from several schools and to say that a clerk came from ND twice or three times for a particular judge hardly counts as regular.
My best guess is the penchant has more to do with a particular association with a professor who runs a program rather than to find conservatively-minded students. That judge (SCOTUS, AIII, or otherwise) may like a professor or program because of that professor's
ideology/philosophy of interpretation of law, but that doesn't mean candidates with connections through that prof all have this leaning? Right? Am I thinking about this correctly. (Also, it is easy to forget that though they may manifest themselves as political leanings, we are probably really talking about leanings in fundamental understandings of law).
I'm also very interested in an AIII, other fed, or IN Supreme Court clerkship. Also lean liberal in political ideology. I've been looking for answers to this on TLS and haven't found anything great. But when ND's high fed clerk rate is mentioned on TLS, someone always mentions the conservative reputation. You say you've done a lot of research? What conclusions are you coming to? Conclusions that still leave you feeling apprehensive, apparently.