US Bankruptcy Court Clerkships

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US Bankruptcy Court Clerkships

Post by InfamousJBI » Sat Nov 23, 2019 10:13 pm

Hi Everyone,

I’m currently a 2L at a regional school in NY and am interested in clerking after graduation. I’ll be interning with the NJ AG in the Tax & Bankruptcy division and I’m considering using those connections to get an internship at the US Bankruptcy Court, any of DNJ, EDNY, or SDNY. Many people from my school are able to go from interning to clerking very smoothly.

My real question is what the perception of a US Bankruptcy Court clerkship is as compared to a District Court? Are they viewed as specialized District Courts? Also, would it be feasible to then try and secure a clerkship at a circuit court?

Thanks guys!

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Re: US Bankruptcy Court Clerkships

Post by Slytherpuff » Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:27 pm

All I can offer is anecdotal evidence, but I know the New York office of my firm values bankruptcy clerkships. I think doing one would be a real asset to you if you want to do bankruptcy work someday, and otherwise it could be useful in litigation for large, complex cases. I don't have any advice on the feasibility on securing a circuit court clerkship afterward though, unfortunately.


Re: US Bankruptcy Court Clerkships

Post by Bkclerkship » Wed Dec 25, 2019 9:13 am

Former SDNY bk clerk here. It’s a specialized clerkship and isn’t viewed with the same versatility that a district court clerkship, which makes sense. Clerking for a bankruptcy court is signaling to future employers that you want to be a bankruptcy practitioner.

Some judges might look favorably on a previous bk clerkship and some might not care. Totally judge dependent. Judge swain on SDNY offers a two year district court clerkship that solely focuses on the PROMESA restructuring, and every one of her clerks was a former bk clerk.

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