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by MJB
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 192
Views: 17982

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: 192
Views: 17982

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: 192
Views: 17982

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: 192
Views: 17982

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: 284

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: 319

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: 329

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: 843

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: 766

Re: No chance, right?

No.
by MJB
Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 192
Views: 17982

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: 192
Views: 17982

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: 1631

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: 862

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: 865

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: 1631

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: 1005

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: 192
Views: 17982

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: 1168

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: 1168

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: 8
Views: 1657

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: 848

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: 192
Views: 17982

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: 402

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: 192
Views: 17982

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: 568

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...