« on: August 09, 2009, 11:04:13 AM »
I agree that with your credentials as they stand now you are extremely unlikely to get a federal appellate clerkship. Why is a clerkship important to you? You said that you wanted to do a federal appellate clerkship before moving on to "bigger things". Do the "bigger things" require a federal appellate clerkship? A federal appellate clerkship is a great experience, but there are few positions for which that is the only route. Law professor maybe.
As far as getting a job as a SA, I'm not sure your prospects are quite as bad as others might have suggested. I work at a 200+ atty, mid-size city firm, and we would certainly not dismiss a candidate with your credentials without any consideration. Not being on a journal will not hurt you as much in the law firm search as you might be led to believe by those at law school. I would just make sure that you have something else to point to that you did productive in lieu of being on a journal.
To get back to your specific question. The best chance you have at getting a federal appellate clerkship, like someone else said already, is going to be through connections. I think you could make those connections either by working directly for a judge or by working at a larger law firm if you seek out attorneys at that firm that did clerkships and do really great work for them. Maybe they will put in a good word for you with their judge. But as I already said, I think your prospects for fed app clerkship are slim.