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by MJB
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: No chance, right?
Replies: 7
Views: 237

Re: No chance, right?

No.
by MJB
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 158
Views: 12338

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

My co-clerk and I were debating whether we should get gifts for everyone in chambers for Christmas and I was wondering if there was a general consensus on this. No one has mentioned a gift exchange and I just assumed there wouldn't be one. My co-clerk really wanted to get a something small (like ca...
by MJB
Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 158
Views: 12338

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

I'd call COA "possible," but not much about your application stands out (except maybe work experience, depending on what you were doing). I think your chances would improve significantly with good legal work experience or a district court clerkship, though.
by MJB
Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Developing a Clerkship Application Strategy
Replies: 15
Views: 895

Re: Developing a Clerkship Application Strategy

Any reason you're planning to filter by politics at some point? At least on the federal side, and particularly outside of SCOTUS and appellate level, it doesn't come up as often as you'd think and, if you lose a few of your four to five positive responses after filtering for politics, you're not lea...
by MJB
Tue Sep 18, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: How to find out if a judge is not on the plan?
Replies: 8
Views: 567

Re: How to find out if a judge is not on the plan?

Your clerkship office should have resources (assuming they'll let you use them for off-plan judges if you're not a 3L) - it's been a while, but I think the Judicial Yellow Book had some of that information. You might also be able to find some of them as reference materials in a law library if your c...
by MJB
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Should I interview?
Replies: 8
Views: 572

Re: Should I interview?

If all else fails, you can try cold-calling former clerks if you can find any on the internet - I never had a problem getting one to talk to me, even absent anything in common, for interview prep. (Bonus: if you end up wanting the job, doing prep can help you look conscientious.) You can't really as...
by MJB
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Developing a Clerkship Application Strategy
Replies: 15
Views: 895

Re: Developing a Clerkship Application Strategy

+1 to most of what's been said here. I don't want to say that it's going to be impossible, but (if you really want to clerk) you're probably going to have to go a lot broader than 20 judges or so - people with much better grades from much better ranked schools would still have a pretty rough time wi...
by MJB
Wed Aug 15, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Fellowship --> Clerkship
Replies: 8
Views: 702

Re: Fellowship --> Clerkship

Yeah, how hard it will be depends on when your fellowship ends and how close together you need the end date and start date to be. Start dates for clerkships have some flexibility, but it tends to be limited to a few weeks rather than a few months, and most judges do most of their hiring in August an...
by MJB
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 158
Views: 12338

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

I guess it depends what you’re using DC/2nd/9th as a shorthand for. If you’re willing to apply broadly within those circuits, they’re certainly not all feeder-level picky, but then I don’t know if a spot in Idaho, Montana, upstate New York, Vermont, etc. meet whatever criteria you’re trying to satis...
by MJB
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Does it always make sense to clerk?
Replies: 10
Views: 815

Re: Does it always make sense to clerk?

Wouldn’t blame you at all. A bird in the hand etc.
by MJB
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Does it always make sense to clerk?
Replies: 10
Views: 815

Re: Does it always make sense to clerk?

I agree as well. Clerking can be valuable for lots of reasons, but for most people the biggest plus is the chance to get a ton of substantive research and writing experience early on. With respect to this particular judge (district?), it sounds like you're probably better off where you already are.
by MJB
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Value of non-elite district court clerkship
Replies: 6
Views: 974

Re: Value of non-elite district court clerkship

Generally agree with the takes here - I don't think absolutely everyone should try to clerk just for the sake of clerking, but it's hard to deny that (1) litigation and anything like it/adjacent to it involves persuading judges and their staff, and seeing how things look from the other side is inval...
by MJB
Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: t-14, no LR, clerkship still possible?
Replies: 3
Views: 601

Re: t-14, no LR, clerkship still possible?

Sure, you're in the running. Perhaps even moreso with a year of work experience, if that's a route you'd consider and it makes sense for your goals.
by MJB
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 158
Views: 12338

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

emkay625 wrote:
Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:21 am
rok wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:12 pm
Any info on how quickly interview invites will go out after OSCAR app opens?
Totally dependent on the judge. Some only keep the OSCAR app open a few days, some for several months.
+1. Generally best to just put it out of your head after you apply if you can (and keep applying other places).
by MJB
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Follow Up After Interview
Replies: 1
Views: 290

Re: Follow Up After Interview

Perhaps eventually, but two weeks over isn't that long.
by MJB
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 158
Views: 12338

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Hi, starting a dist. ct. clerkship soon, and I have two questions: (1) Anything in particular I should/should not bring with me on my first day? (2) What's the deal with bluebook/westlaw/lexis? Are those things/memberships to those things provided? Thanks! (1) Not really, aside from the obvious (ma...
by MJB
Sun May 06, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Part-Time D. Ct. Clerkship
Replies: 4
Views: 406

Re: Part-Time D. Ct. Clerkship

I think it could be pretty valuable. I'd be okay with you putting it on your resume without any qualifications, so (if it's a yearlong position) it's not going to appear very differently at the outset. I generally agree with Nony that I'd at least be pretty hesitant to turn down full-time work for i...
by MJB
Wed May 02, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: 3.8, MVP w/LR still looking for 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 779

Re: 3.8, MVP w/LR still looking for 2019

May very well be, particularly if you've only sent 50 apps (not very many, regardless of your credentials) and only to major cities. There's really nothing more you can do at this point except keep applying, though.
by MJB
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 158
Views: 12338

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Yeah, I agree with lolwat - the general advice is pretty much apply broadly and hope, and your school, GPA, and timeframe won't really let you be much more selective. There are probably some judges' chambers where you'll have a better chance (judges in your region if you're at a more regionally focu...
by MJB
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 158
Views: 12338

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

My general sense is that CDCA/NDCA roughly looks for top 15-20% from CCN, with more wiggle room at HYS, and a sliding scale below that for the rest of the T14. Outside of NY/DC it's as competitive as district courts get, but there are a bunch of judges and I get the sense a fair number are a bit id...
by MJB
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 158
Views: 12338

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

I get where you're coming from, but you should feel absolutely no guilt about this. If it makes you feel any better, the judge probably does it in part because it's in his best interest - helps ensure that he gets more people who accept because they really want to come to his chambers and like the f...
by MJB
Mon Mar 26, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Judicial ideology & clerking
Replies: 6
Views: 760

Re: Judicial ideology & clerking

I didn't really have this experience from an ideological perspective, but there will probably be cases that you think should come out one way and the judge thinks should come out another. I took the view that my primary role was to make sure the judge knew all the relevant considerations when he mad...
by MJB
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Other Pre-Law Questions
Topic: Clerking?
Replies: 30
Views: 2272

Re: Clerking?

Yeah, I'd place pretty big asterisks on it being a "huge boost" or providing a "uniquely close relationship" with a judge. If you're not in law school yet, you're not going to be doing any legal work, and you might be looking at mostly filing and other tasks where it's hard to stand out (in the sens...
by MJB
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Quiver's Guide to (Federal) Clerkships
Replies: 42
Views: 5146

Re: Quiver's Guide to (Federal) Clerkships

I should add that I do think seminars are great, especially for the getting to know professors that quiver mentions. I think too many in one semester can backfire grades-wise, though, given how much writing they entail. I actually found Admin really helpful when clerking, but we got in a massive en...
by MJB
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:57 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Quiver's Guide to (Federal) Clerkships
Replies: 42
Views: 5146

Re: Quiver's Guide to (Federal) Clerkships

Yeah, it's not something that all judges care that much about, but, if you're going to try to structure your schedule with a view toward clerking, Evidence, Fed Courts, and other 'serious' classes are the usual suggestions. Maybe also Advanced Con Law or Admin (more for signaling than actual utility...