existenz wrote:I believe Judge Richard Paez was a Berkeley grad and has hired Berkeley grads in the past.
And, if Liu gets confirmed (no sure thing), there will be a Berkeley law prof on the 9th circuit.
Not surprising that Berkeley has had more clerks in the 9th circuit. Part of that may be self-selection.
Definitely. I actually think that Berkeley's location in the 9th circuit depresses its overall COA clerkship placement stats. The DC, 2nd, and 9th are the most desirable circuits. There is intense competition for 9th circuit clerkships, with grads of Harvard, Yale, Columbia, NYU, Chicago, Michigan, and, of course, Stanford all vying for spots. Berkeley grads have a lot more competition in their region than, say, Chicago or Duke grads do.
Still, if my goal was to get a clerkship in the 9th circuit, I'd rather be at Berkeley than any other school outside of HYS, all things being equal. (As you say, you're going to have to finish way up in your class to have a shot.)