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2L job search / Re: what do i need to do for a SCOTUS clerkship?
« on: February 20, 2008, 08:39:04 AM »
You've been on this board for a while.  How can you not realize that this is a flame?

If it is fame, it was set up so well with the previous 100 or so post; I have to respect that.

2L job search / Re: what do i need to do for a SCOTUS clerkship?
« on: February 19, 2008, 06:07:49 PM »
Press on buddy, while it may not be possible to get a clerkship with the SCOTUS or CoA right out of lawschool from a T4, you could get a clerkship with a Federal district court judge, establish yourself, and parley it into a CoA clerkship. Though there are a lot of T6 schools, I am pretty sure the October 2008 term had, inter alia,  Univ of Wisc, George Washington, George Mason, pepperdine and creighton.

2L job search / Re: what do i need to do for a SCOTUS clerkship?
« on: February 19, 2008, 03:22:50 PM »
Scalia actually does hire clerks who share differing views from hom. I was once at a seminar by a professor who clerked for Scalia (on the CoA) who made Ralph Nader look like Rush Limbaugh. I suspect this isn't limited to scalia either.

A for SCOTUS clerkships, assuming this was real post, you need to focis on getting a clerkship with a feeder COA judge (you will notice that Justices seem to take their clerks from a certain CoA judges) not a SCOTUS judge. I may be mistaken, but I don't think any SC Justices take clerks directly from Law School.   

What state(s) are you taking?

1L job search / Re: Small firm advice requested
« on: February 11, 2008, 11:59:41 AM »
A mass mail isn't goping to hurt you, but I woundn't make it the centerpiece of a job search. You may get some hits, and even a job, but it is woefully inefficient. Your best bet would be to make it part of a overall strategy of meeting attorneys.

I always hated the idea of networking and "information interviews" because I thought it was cheesy, but most people are receptive, especially lawyers in the 3-5 year range. They are young enough (in terms of years in the profession)  to remember how much looking for a job sucks, but have a couple years worth of contacts they can help you with. It doesn't have to be a formal think either, just coffee, a phone call or exchange a couple of emails.

I have not statistical basis for saying this, but my guess is most small firms hire someone they know or another lawyer referred to them, rather than a cold resume mailing from someone they don;t know. 

3L job search / Re: Bar membership and jobs
« on: February 07, 2008, 11:46:24 AM »
Many gov't agencies require bar admission as a prerequisite to applying, so its tough to break through as before admission. You amy be able to work out a deal where you clerk till admission, then reapply for an attorney position.

Do you plan on working full time while studying?   

Law Firms / Average Starting salaries
« on: January 11, 2008, 09:06:58 AM »

General Board / Re: Attire for Federal Court Externship
« on: January 03, 2008, 04:20:04 PM »
Check out the pre-kidnapping/assault charge picture. I guess felonies are tough on the skin.

General Board / Re: Flight School to Law School
« on: January 03, 2008, 09:42:42 AM »
In terms of applying, my guess is that it could help. Law schools look for diverse backgrounds, not a school full of poli sci and english majors. I can't see how it would hurt.

In terms of going to school, I don't think your undergrad helps or hurts at all. I was a political science major and it didn't make a difference to me. I knew math and science majors, as well as poeple who graduted years ago. None had any problems b/c of thier background.

General Board / Re: SPRING RETREATS?
« on: December 07, 2007, 09:03:53 AM »
Booze Cruise, if your close to the water.

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