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by MJB
Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Getting Married by My Judge
Replies: 5
Views: 2496

Re: Getting Married by My Judge

I clerked a few times, and most of my judges had done it at least once. If you've got a career person in chambers who manages the judge's duties outside of chambers (e.g., a JA) you could ask them what they think if you're unsure. I ask virtually everything by email so that judge can deal with it wh...
by MJB
Mon Feb 03, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Judicial Internship with a State CJ
Replies: 4
Views: 1383

Re: Judicial Internship with a State CJ

pancakes3 wrote:
Mon Feb 03, 2020 1:21 pm
no.
by MJB
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: 3rd Clerkship
Replies: 4
Views: 1471

Re: 3rd Clerkship

I agree with nony. It sounds like the second COA judge's name might go a little further in the market where you want to practice than the first COA judge's name, but that's a pretty thin basis on which to delay starting your career another year. It's also worth considering whether you'll want to cle...
by MJB
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: What to do after State Trial Court Clerkship?
Replies: 5
Views: 1578

Re: What to do after State Trial Court Clerkship?

I agree with Nony. If you're not quite ready to settle into a long-term job yet and you still want to see what's out there/build a "liquid" resume, applying for another clerkship is reasonable, and taking a few days during bar prep for interviews (or illness, or a friend's wedding, or whatever) isn'...
by MJB
Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Is clerking a scam?
Replies: 9
Views: 2192

Re: Is clerking a scam?

ggocat wrote:
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:24 am
Like most jobs, I imagine, worker satisfaction depends heavily on the quality of the manager.
Dialed up to 11, given how small a working environment chambers is and how unfettered judges are within it.
by MJB
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:43 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Is clerking a scam?
Replies: 9
Views: 2192

Re: Is clerking a scam?

No, but mileage varies a lot.
by MJB
Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 229
Views: 33282

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Oh, good luck on the interview! +1! Bullet points are a particularly good choice for a "getting to know you" interview, as slotting your points into the conversation naturally tends to be especially important and there are often fewer opportunities to speak at length. Thanks guys! Interview lasted ...
by MJB
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 229
Views: 33282

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

lolwat wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:53 pm
Oh, good luck on the interview!
+1! Bullet points are a particularly good choice for a "getting to know you" interview, as slotting your points into the conversation naturally tends to be especially important and there are often fewer opportunities to speak at length.
by MJB
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:44 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 229
Views: 33282

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Re: writing out talking points, I'd probably bullet point a few things to say about most things on your resume and maybe about questions you'll almost certainly be asked (e.g., why do you want to clerk [for me, at this location, for this type of judge/level of court]?), but I wouldn't do too much be...
by MJB
Wed Jul 03, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 229
Views: 33282

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Ok, follow-up. Bracket in the redactions or no brackets? I bracketed in the redactions in my first sample. I don't think it matters too much (i.e., I probably wouldn't bother modifying your first sample), but I agree that brackets are unnecessary here and make it more difficult to read your sample....
by MJB
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 229
Views: 33282

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Does it matter if I swap out a recommender for my OSCAR application? About a month ago, I sent in paper apps with Recommenders A, B, and C. I'm monitoring OSCAR as listings open up, and one just recently came up. I applied to this judge previously in a paper application. Would it matter if my OSCAR...
by MJB
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 229
Views: 33282

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Should I avoid taking any seminars? I agree with Nony. You don't want to go overboard, but seminars can help give your application a little flavor if you're otherwise a pretty plain vanilla candidate. A judge trying to get a sense of who you are, which is usually what the interview focuses on, is m...
by MJB
Sat Jun 08, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 229
Views: 33282

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Aye or nay on mentioning a CALI for Professional Responsibility (required ethics, MPRE class) in a clerkship cover letter? State judges if it makes any difference (course was based on the Model Rules). I’d probably just put it on your resume and omit it from the cover letter unless you have somethi...
by MJB
Tue May 28, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 229
Views: 33282

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

What do we need to bring to interviews? A copy of everything in our app, or? I would (with unofficial transcripts only and excepting letters of recommendation). They'll probably have a copy of everything you gave them, but you'll be prepared in case they don't, you'll be able to go over anything yo...
by MJB
Sat May 18, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: D. Ct. Clerk Hours
Replies: 3
Views: 1416

Re: D. Ct. Clerk Hours

Agreed - this isn’t something it’s really possible to put a percentage on because it’s so dependent on the judge. Just another great reason to do as much research as you can while applying, especially once you land an interview. (It’s not “super uncommon,” though - judges are at the top of an indust...
by MJB
Thu May 16, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Rec Letter Advice
Replies: 8
Views: 1742

Re: Rec Letter Advice

This is pretty common.
by MJB
Wed May 15, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Turning down interviews
Replies: 7
Views: 1719

Re: Turning down interviews

In the chambers I've worked in, you probably wouldn't have had the chance to schedule further out. Once my judges were ready to start interviewing, they were also ready to hire, and the offer to interview was generally presented as "here are two days the judge has available [usually in the very near...
by MJB
Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerkship Time
Replies: 11
Views: 2322

Re: Clerkship Time

It sounds alright to me. A few random thoughts on writing samples: (1) Something prepared in litigation is usually better than something academic, as it's closer to what the court actually does. You've got that. (2) Relatedly, something taking a definite position is better than a "survey of the law"...
by MJB
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: No chance, right?
Replies: 7
Views: 2129

Re: No chance, right?

No.
by MJB
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 229
Views: 33282

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: 229
Views: 33282

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: 19
Views: 3624

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: 2146

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: 2160

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: 19
Views: 3624

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...