I've always heard that you're supposed to complete your first year with flying colors and then come summer get an awesome clerkship with a judge for the summer. This is sort of a three part question: Does this apply to anyone no matter what field of law they want to enter? Are clerkships a blanket good thing to do? What are some other things you can do besides clerkships with judges?
Are clerkships a blanket good thing to do?
BigTex- Did you get an offer? I spent most of the week interviewing with federal dist. ct judges. They differed in what I would be doing. The spectrum was from busy work as you described, to externs that actually get to write opinions that are often published. No offers yet, but I should be hearing next week. In the area I applied I was told by career services to be competitive you should apply Dec 1, which worked out b/c I had my interviews lined up while I was home for winter break. Although I know the area where my law school is located judges don't accept applications until Feb 1. My reasons for applying are a genuine interest in the federal court system after working in state court prior to law school. Also I would like to be exposed to many areas of law and improve my research & writing skills. I hope it will also make me more competitive for a post-grad clerkship.Good luck.
Pardon my ignorance, but how are there 30+ fed dist court judges in 2 counties, and is a state supreme court clerkship more prestigious than a federal district court clerkship (I assume it is, but I had never thought about this before)?
Quote from: mp on January 09, 2006, 06:17:31 PMPardon my ignorance, but how are there 30+ fed dist court judges in 2 counties, and is a state supreme court clerkship more prestigious than a federal district court clerkship (I assume it is, but I had never thought about this before)?From what I've gathered by surfing the pecking order is:SCOTUS, Fed. Appellate, Fed Dist., State Supreme, State Appellate, State District...But if you plan to stay in-state then State Supreme should serve you well unless you want to focus on Fed. issues. Bonus tend to be higher for Fed and even higher for SCOTUS...