No chance, right?

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No chance, right?

Post by holapade » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:11 pm

Hi All:

Quick question: you can't get a SCOTUS clerkship with median grades from a T-2 no matter who recs you, right? I've heard anecdotal stories from folks at my school about some individuals who managed to pull it off but I just don't believe it.

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Re: No chance, right?

Post by ymmv » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:20 pm

Unlikely in the extreme even at most T14.

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Re: No chance, right?

Post by UVA2B » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:29 pm

If the recommender is somehow Ginni Thomas, might be possible. Otherwise very, very unlikely.

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Re: No chance, right?

Post by AUSA anon » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:30 pm

holapade wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:11 pm
Hi All:

Quick question: you can't get a SCOTUS clerkship with median grades from a T-2 no matter who recs you, right? I've heard anecdotal stories from folks at my school about some individuals who managed to pull it off but I just don't believe it.
Those people are lying/deluded.

You can go to Wikipedia and look up a list of SCOTUS clerks and see where they went to school. Thomas is pretty much the only judge who hires outside the T14*, and those students are going to be super accomplished and at to be the top of the class. Sotomayor hired someone from the U of Hawaii who was EIC of law review and looks to have been #1 in her class (but otherwise she seems to stick to the elite schools as well).

*most SCOTUS clerks are going to be from the top half of the T14

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Re: No chance, right?

Post by MJB » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:02 am

No.

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Re: No chance, right?

Post by lawman84 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:31 pm

The #1 person in your class has very little chance.

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Re: No chance, right?

Post by Liszt1811 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:15 am

Based on their post from the other site, I think the OP is saying that he/she attends Yale or Stanford but phrased it weirdly (no one refers to YS as T-2). I can't imagine anyone at a TT would be discussing other median students clerking for SCOTUS.

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Re: No chance, right?

Post by icechicken » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:42 am

Median at Yale is at least plausible if you can get the right people to really rep you, and then get lucky. I wouldn't be shocked if it's happened often enough over the past few decades for students to have stories about it.

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