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Are any former clerks (who have evaluated clerkship applications themselves) on here?  I realize these sorts of decisions vary from judge to judge, but I'd like to hear some first hand accounts. 

I'm at a Top 25 school. 

Although I haven't decided for sure whether I'm going to seek a clerkship, I want to leave the option open.  Is mere membership not enough?  Will an editorial position (Non-EIC) really make that much of a difference?

Informed opinions and bull speculation are both welcomed.   

Current Law Students / Re: Who's UR FAVORITE Jurist?
« on: January 03, 2009, 08:45:23 PM »

Current Law Students / Re: What questions do YOU ask your interviewer?
« on: September 23, 2008, 06:06:05 PM »
Ask them any question that will give them an open door to talk about themselves for a seemingly endless duration.  Lawyers like to talk. 

"What are some of the cases you're currently working on?"  is always a good one b/c it gives you an opportunity to display that you can be conversant on legal issues.  I find that this question usually leads to a good discussion... unless the cases they're working on are boring as hell.  But hey, if that's true then you probably don't want to work there.  :P   

So, there's a couple of firms that I did OCI pre-screening interviews with (almost a month ago) that I haven't heard from.  One of the firms said I wouldn't hear back from them until "September or so."

I'm wondering whether it's ok to call the recruiting coordinators at these firms to find out what the hell is going on.  I've got an offer that's gonna expire in a couple of weeks and I'd like to know whether I have a shot at these firms. 

Any thoughts?   

No one has any insight as to whether it looks bad to ask for a deadline extension?  That's the real question here. 

Is the firm part of NALP?  My understanding is that they are bound by the 45 day rule if they are.  If they are not part of NALP then the 45 day rule is probably of no relevance.

Yes it is a NALP firm. 

This was my understanding also, but apparently the NALP rules are merely guidelines and they don't have to follow them if they don't want to.   

if you got an offer from a firm you'd like to work at, then go work for them.  what's to decide??

It's possible that I would rather work for other firms that I may receive offers from in the next couple of weeks.  I'd like the option of determining if I like those firms better. 

This is why firms are supposed to follow the NALP guidelines!  Dammit. 

I've got an offer from a firm that I would like to work at, but they're only giving me two weeks to decide and I've still got other interviews to do. 

What should I do?  If I ask for an extension, will they view me as someone who's not really into the firm?  Would they lose enthusiasm about hiring me? 

I'd appreciate any advice. 

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