2018-2019 Post-Clerkship Hiring

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2018-2019 Post-Clerkship Hiring

Post by yooobagz » Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:16 pm

Since it doesn't appear that there is currently an active thread for post-clerkship hiring for 2018-2019 (there is a somewhat active thread on TLS, though I don't know if that's cool to talk about around these parts, lol), I figured maybe it's worth a shot to see if anyone else is hitting the job market. I know the 2017-2018 thread kind of died out due to concerns about anonymous posting, and I have no idea if that's been fixed, but if you're someone that's not particularly worried about identifying information, how are things going?

I've applied to a couple of posted job openings/clerk hiring portals at a few big firms (in my non-DC/NYC target market), but haven't heard anything back. I'm probably just a little over eager! From everything that's available to read on the web, it looks like most hiring starts to occur come the new year.

Nothing to worry about yet, I suppose, but I haven't had that magical conversation yet where someone I'm networking with offers me a job! It may not matter to me, ultimately, because I'm not sure I've got the right stuff for a big law position anyway.

In any case, whether you'd like to share any information or you're just looking for a place to commiserate, this seems like as good a place as any!

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Re: 2018-2019 Post-Clerkship Hiring

Post by Artichoke44 » Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:58 pm

I have had one interview in NY with a lit boutique. Not sure what the hiring timeline looks like for other firms here. Any info?

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Re: 2018-2019 Post-Clerkship Hiring

Post by yooobagz » Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:29 pm

I've been told by at least one large firm in my target market that they will begin accepting applications from clerks sometime in January. Anecdotally, it seems that there is more movement once the new year starts. However, just based on what I was reading in some of the TLS threads, it's a rather long, nebulous road to employment, lol (then again, most of those people are insanely well-credentialed folks looking to get into firms I would never even dare to apply to, so).

Congrats on the interview, that's gotta feel pretty good!

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Re: 2018-2019 Post-Clerkship Hiring

Post by 21157015576609 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:10 pm

So are we supposed to start this now?

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Re: 2018-2019 Post-Clerkship Hiring

Post by yooobagz » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:35 am

I think now is as good a time as any. Obviously I'm no expert myself (and I wish there were more knowledgeable people around to talk about it), but based on the post-frequency on threads from previous years on other forums, people really began applying/getting callbacks/getting interviews in earnest in January/February/March. It looks like the hiring process goes all the way, you know, into spring and even early summer. So, it's probably not a bad idea to start sending in some applications and hope that firms begin moving later this month or in February.

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Re: 2018-2019 Post-Clerkship Hiring

Post by anonymous clerk » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:01 am

Just got the ol' solicitation to apply from Wheeler Trigg, if that gives any indication of timeline for application to people. Clerking in federal district in Michigan.

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Re: 2018-2019 Post-Clerkship Hiring

Post by yooobagz » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:25 am

Wheeler Trigg is such a fascinating operation. They love clerks and seem to look pretty broadly geographically when they're hiring (I'm clerking in a Midwestern market and one of my former colleagues started there not too long ago), but they're not a huge outfit or anything.

Seems like a cool place to work. If I didn't have a good personal reason to stay in my target market, I would have loved to take a shot at applying there (and quickly getting dinged).

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Re: 2018-2019 Post-Clerkship Hiring

Post by anonymous clerk » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:41 am

yooobagz wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:25 am
Wheeler Trigg is such a fascinating operation. They love clerks and seem to look pretty broadly geographically when they're hiring (I'm clerking in a Midwestern market and one of my former colleagues started there not too long ago), but they're not a huge outfit or anything.

Seems like a cool place to work. If I didn't have a good personal reason to stay in my target market, I would have loved to take a shot at applying there (and quickly getting dinged).
Per their solicitation: "WTO hires only judicial clerks and lateral associates...In fact, 84% of our current associates have clerked in the [various state and federal courts]."

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Re: 2018-2019 Post-Clerkship Hiring

Post by yooobagz » Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:52 am

Ah, it makes sense that it's a very intentional thing that they're doing.

By the way, for those interested who might not have seen: Kirkland has updated their judicial clerk portal with opportunities for 2019.

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Re: 2018-2019 Post-Clerkship Hiring

Post by WorkoutTapesbyFonda » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:29 pm

Hey all: looking for some advice on contacting a firm. Before Christmas I emailed a partner at my first choice firm, who replied and said he would get back to me. I haven’t heard anything yet. I heard back from a different firm in the same city and I am flying out there for a call-back. I would like to prod firm 1 (or at least remind them I exist)-- should I contact the partner or the recruiting contact on the website? My inclination is to email the partner, but he is a big-wig and is probs really busy and I don't want to be annoying.

I also realized after I emailed my cover letter that I left out that I would be flexible on class year (I am a few years out from school). Is it worth is to bring it up at this point? If so, how should I do that?

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Re: 2018-2019 Post-Clerkship Hiring

Post by yooobagz » Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:16 pm

I would definitely reach out to that partner, maybe even let him know you'll be in town and you'd possibly be interested in meeting up for a cup of coffee to continue your previous conversation or something. I'm sure he's busy, but it's worth taking a shot.

I have no advice on the class year issue, though. I'd imagine that's something that would be discussed as part of the interview process?

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Re: 2018-2019 Post-Clerkship Hiring

Post by 21157015576609 » Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:35 pm

I had been panicking about needing to apply now, but I recently spoke with someone who's on a biglaw hiring committee and they said that it's still very early. Also, so far there's only been one firm reception in my major market. Not really sure what to make of it all.

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Re: 2018-2019 Post-Clerkship Hiring

Post by RoyalHollow » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:27 am

WorkoutTapesbyFonda wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:29 pm
Hey all: looking for some advice on contacting a firm. Before Christmas I emailed a partner at my first choice firm, who replied and said he would get back to me. I haven’t heard anything yet. I heard back from a different firm in the same city and I am flying out there for a call-back. I would like to prod firm 1 (or at least remind them I exist)-- should I contact the partner or the recruiting contact on the website? My inclination is to email the partner, but he is a big-wig and is probs really busy and I don't want to be annoying.

I also realized after I emailed my cover letter that I left out that I would be flexible on class year (I am a few years out from school). Is it worth is to bring it up at this point? If so, how should I do that?
If you are already in touch with the partner, then probably fine to just email him and let him know you will be around. I don't think I would mention the class year thing at this particular moment.

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