Clerkship requirements for appellate litigation

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goodwillhunting
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Clerkship requirements for appellate litigation

Post by goodwillhunting » Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:37 pm

Just out of curiosity, what are the minimum clerkship requirement to join an appellate litigation practice? I assume a district court won't cut it. But do you need to clerk for SCOTUS/Feeder/2,9,DC for the firm to seriously consider you? Or would any CoA be enough for your resume to not be thrown in the garbage pile immediately?

I understand this is a very firm-dependent question :)

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pneumonia
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Re: Clerkship requirements for appellate litigation

Post by pneumonia » Sun Mar 17, 2019 12:45 pm

It is firm dependent. Best way to find out is to look at the firm bios of appellate associates.

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Re: Clerkship requirements for appellate litigation

Post by lolwat » Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:03 am

Are you looking at any particular firms? Biglaw only or boutique as well?

I'd say in general any COA clerkship would make you somewhat competitive for appellate litigation, but you have to get a sense going in how much supply vs demand there is, how many SCOTUS clerks you're fighting against for work even if there is supply, how much non-appellate litigation you might be doing even if you're technically in the appellate practice at the firm, and so on... which, as pneumonia said, is firm dependent.

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