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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: W&L 3L Taking Questions
« on: April 09, 2009, 06:32:39 AM »
Tips for the clerkship scrum chaos:

1.  Start thinking about this early - I suggest starting toward the end of first year.  Get names and contact info, start reading the clerkship blogs about how it all works, and start tuning your radar for people that have connections to judges.

2.  Connections.  There are more qualified candidates than there are positions, so it helps a ton to have some former clerks or fromer colleagues of judges going to bat for you.

3.  Screw the rules, apply early and apply often.  The NALP rules say you're not supposed to apply until like August or September of your 3L year.  Federal judges have liftemie Constitutional tenure, and most could give a flying you know what about what NALP says.  They do not like the idea of fighting with other judges over potential clerks, so a lot try to hire early.  So send your first wave of applications - i.e. the judges you're really aiming at - in either the last month or so of your 2L year or right at the beginning of summer.

santropez, check your personal messages.  If anyone wants a copy of what I sent, let me know.  I didn't want to post it on here.

Job Search / Re: Thoughts about Williams and Connolly?
« on: October 14, 2008, 02:42:50 PM »
If you have any interest in clerking, you'd be a fool not to take the W&C offer.  Their name on your resume, plus the ability to get to know former clerks that may make recomendations, is invaluable.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: W&L 1L willing to answer questions...
« on: October 01, 2008, 05:44:51 AM »
I'll throw my two cents in here as well.  I am a W&L law alum, and I will agree with everything the others have said - I'm glad to see things haven't changed and that the current students feel the same way we did.  I loved living in Lexington and I loved the school.  I now live in a larger city working for the typical "Biglaw" firm, and I probably spend at least 10 minutes a day thinking about how I could get back to that part of the country.  I actually think that is the biggest downside about going to school at W&L - at some point you leave and go to some big city, and you realize you've been spoiled.

I am happy to answer any questions anyone has, and I will try to check back periodically.

I would take Wake out of the calculus - it offers nothing that W&L doesn't and will likely be a similar price. 

Current Law Students / Re: moot court + law review?
« on: July 28, 2008, 01:37:46 PM »
Ok, I think we need to all be on the same page about what the OP is asking, as far as what it means to "do" moot court.  At least at most schools, you do not have to be on the moot court board to participate in the various moot court competitions - mock trial, moot court, negotiations, etc.  I think that one would have plenty of time to compete in one or even several moot court competitions and still do well in class and on law review.  I just question whether one can be in law school, on law review ed board, and on moot court board or on the moot court travelling team and do well in all three.

Current Law Students / Re: moot court + law review?
« on: July 25, 2008, 06:20:05 AM »
To the OP, generally speaking, the most important thing for getting a federal clerkship is to have very good grades and to have the law review line on your resume be impressive.  Impressive means publication and executive board position.  Although there may be some judges out there that view participation in moot court important enough to make that one of their "must haves" for a resume to make it out of the big pile and into the small pile, I think those are the exception.  Most want to see very good grades and evidence of good writing ability.  So, if a federal clerkship is your goal, the key is to be in a position to maximize your GPA and evidence of writing ability on your resume.  I have a feeling that being heavily involved in moot court and law review would result in a lowering of the GPA, or at least not a maximization of its potential.

To jsb, DA's offices are different than clerkships.  From what I hear, many prosecutors offices require moot court, so if that is your goal, go nuts.

Transferring / Re: Transfer acceptance letter from Washington & Lee
« on: July 24, 2008, 11:26:55 AM »
As a W&L alum, I am begging you, OP, if your post is true instead of some lame pseudo-flame attempt - please do not come to W&L.  Lexington will make Buffalo look like Tokyo, and the last thing W&L needs is another person with some woe-is-me story about how they can't survive without a Starbucks and/or Jamba Juice on every corner.

And I hear Skadden is opening its Lexington office by stealing Latham's guru of defending rich college kids on drunk in publics.  Total coup.  The legal blogs are on fire with the story.

Current Law Students / Re: Clerkships and Law firm offers
« on: July 24, 2008, 08:29:19 AM »
The answer to your question tends to depend on what kind of clerkship it is.  Firms tend to be very solicitous of people that have a federal clerkship or a state supreme court clerkship in a state in which the firm does a lot of work.  But, if you are going to work for a firm located in DC or Atlanta or something, a clerkship in the trial court for some county in Idaho isn't as attractive, so the firm may be a little less accomodating.

Assuming yours is a "qualifying" clerkship, every large firm I've ever heard of will want you to clerk and will keep your offer open.  Whether and when you can accept the offer will depend on the judge - some judges don't allow their clerks to accept offers until right at the end of the clerkship, others allow clerks to accept firm offers immediately and then will just recuse themselves from any cases involving that firm.

As a side note, if you believe you got an offer from a firm just so they could make their NALP form look good, its probably in your best interest to see what else is out there.

It also depends on the kind of work you'd be doing.  Who the heck cares where a transactional associate is licensed?  I know several attorneys that are not licensed to practice in the state where their office is located because all they do is new york or delaware transactional work.

If you're a litigator, you basically have to be licensed in the state you practice in.

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