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Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:32 pm
by Anonymous6482
Wondering where I should be looking/if my clerkship office was overly enthusiastic.

Top 1/3 at a non hys t14, no LR but moot court and secondary journal board. I think I will have strong reccommendations, and I have a bunch of public interest work experience. I’m also super geographically flexible and am applying very widely. My grades this semester should also be stronger than 1L (don’t take finals with fevers!)

Also, if I can signficiantly pull up my grades and end up in the top 15% for 2L grades, would a COA app be realistic?

Thanks!

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:23 am
by lolwat
Anonymous6482 wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:32 pm
Wondering where I should be looking/if my clerkship office was overly enthusiastic.

Top 1/3 at a non hys t14, no LR but moot court and secondary journal board. I think I will have strong reccommendations, and I have a bunch of public interest work experience. I’m also super geographically flexible and am applying very widely. My grades this semester should also be stronger than 1L (don’t take finals with fevers!)

Also, if I can signficiantly pull up my grades and end up in the top 15% for 2L grades, would a COA app be realistic?

Thanks!
COA realistic? Yes, but also difficult.

Some non-HYS T14s place better than others.

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2018 12:31 pm
by MJB
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.

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:48 pm
by Anonymous23423
Thanks guys! I meant to also ask (hazards of phone typing) if you'd say I'm in range for district courts. Our clerkship counsellor is just so nice I don't think he'd say no to my face.

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:20 pm
by RoyalHollow
Anonymous23423 wrote:
Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:48 pm
Thanks guys! I meant to also ask (hazards of phone typing) if you'd say I'm in range for district courts. Our clerkship counsellor is just so nice I don't think he'd say no to my face.
If you are "Anonymous6482" from above, then yes, you should be able to get *a* district court clerkship. Might be a stretch for feeders and super desirable judges and whatnot, but for the rest, you should be in consideration. You will be most competitive with judges who have a public interest background/like to see that.

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Posted: Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:07 pm
by WorkoutTapesbyFonda
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 candy) for everyone. I think we shouldn't because it will make everyone feel awkward when they have nothing for us.

Thoughts?

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 3:13 am
by lawman84
WorkoutTapesbyFonda wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:07 pm
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 candy) for everyone. I think we shouldn't because it will make everyone feel awkward when they have nothing for us.

Thoughts?
I think your instincts are right.

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Posted: Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:15 am
by MJB
WorkoutTapesbyFonda wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:07 pm
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 candy) for everyone. I think we shouldn't because it will make everyone feel awkward when they have nothing for us.

Thoughts?
I wouldn’t, or at least I wouldn’t present it as a “gift.” I think it would be different to bring in candy (or donuts or cookies or something) and put them in the kitchen for everyone, but giving people individual gifts changes the dynamic.

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:46 pm
by usaorbust
I know this is pretty chamber specific, I would guess, but I would love some info form clerks about judicial internships: What types of assignments do you give interns, how do I know what chambers would be best to work for, what do interns take away form the process, and how do you know which judges will or will not hire interns as clerks.