Post-Volunteer Clerkship Hiring

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Post-Volunteer Clerkship Hiring

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:37 pm

Can anyone who has finished a volunteer (unpaid) federal district court clerkship (or know someone who has) give some insight on hiring after the clerkship?

Specifically, what are the biglaw prospects, did you receive a clerkship bonus, etc.

I know there are tons of threads discussing the merits of this type of clerkship, how you should present it on your resume, etc. For this thread, I'm really only interested in discussing the post-clerkship job prospects and hiring process for this type of clerkship.

Thanks!

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Re: Post-Volunteer Clerkship Hiring

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:04 pm

Our volunteer clerk just left for a fairly niche, but well-paying boutique. He struck out at big law, but he didn't have big law credentials to begin with and came from an out-of-state honors program that firms in our district hadn't heard of (it wasn't clear he was coming from an honors program because it was called a "something-something fellowship"). He had interviews at a few different boutiques and a DJ before getting his offer. This was coming from a competitive district (i.e. CD Cal, ND Cal, SDNY). I'm not sure if they applied for big law, but other volunteer clerks have gone onto market or slightly below-market boutiques.

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Re: Post-Volunteer Clerkship Hiring

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Apr 22, 2020 3:07 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Our volunteer clerk just left for a fairly niche, but well-paying boutique. He struck out at big law, but he didn't have big law credentials to begin with and came from an out-of-state honors program that firms in our district hadn't heard of (it wasn't clear he was coming from an honors program because it was called a "something-something fellowship"). He had interviews at a few different boutiques and a DJ before getting his offer. This was coming from a competitive district (i.e. CD Cal, ND Cal, SDNY). I'm not sure if they applied for big law, but other volunteer clerks have gone onto market or slightly below-market boutiques.
Not OP, so sorry for asking the questions OP wanted to stay clear of: did your chambers require him to list "volunteer law clerk" or equivalent, or was he allowed to put "law clerk" on his resume?

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Re: Post-Volunteer Clerkship Hiring

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:00 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Our volunteer clerk just left for a fairly niche, but well-paying boutique. He struck out at big law, but he didn't have big law credentials to begin with and came from an out-of-state honors program that firms in our district hadn't heard of (it wasn't clear he was coming from an honors program because it was called a "something-something fellowship"). He had interviews at a few different boutiques and a DJ before getting his offer. This was coming from a competitive district (i.e. CD Cal, ND Cal, SDNY). I'm not sure if they applied for big law, but other volunteer clerks have gone onto market or slightly below-market boutiques.
Not OP, so sorry for asking the questions OP wanted to stay clear of: did your chambers require him to list "volunteer law clerk" or equivalent, or was he allowed to put "law clerk" on his resume?
I'm not sure. He was pretty upfront about being a volunteer law clerk at the recruiting events we attended together but I don't know what he put on his resume.

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