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ESagent

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Applying for a clerkship before 1L?
« on: February 20, 2008, 03:54:25 PM »
I will be starting my first year as a part-timer this fall.  Is it worth a shot to be applying for a clerkship starting in the summer/fall without any law school background, or is that not recommended?  Also, if a writing sample is needed, what should I use since I have no legal writing supplements?  Personal statement? A college paper?  Thanks.

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Re: Applying for a clerkship before 1L?
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2008, 04:28:39 PM »
I will be starting my first year as a part-timer this fall.  Is it worth a shot to be applying for a clerkship starting in the summer/fall without any law school background, or is that not recommended?  Also, if a writing sample is needed, what should I use since I have no legal writing supplements?  Personal statement? A college paper?  Thanks.

I wouldn't recommend it. I doubt you'd even get any type of firm crazy enough to hire you. It would be a giant waste of your time.

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Re: Applying for a clerkship before 1L?
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2008, 04:51:05 PM »
That's what I figured.  Thanks.

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Re: Applying for a clerkship before 1L?
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2008, 08:29:18 PM »
I'd go ahead and apply.  It might depend where you're looking to get hired.  Couldn't hurt.

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Re: Applying for a clerkship before 1L?
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2008, 11:27:43 AM »
If you have a lot of spare time, go for it, but it's doubtful that you'll be doing a lot of "legal" work.  I worked for a couple firms before I went to LS, and did some demand-letter writing and stuff, but I landed those jobs through personal contacts and not a cold resume.

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Re: Applying for a clerkship before 1L?
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2008, 01:56:06 AM »
Doesn't the ABA frown upon law firms considering first years before December 1?

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Re: Applying for a clerkship before 1L?
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2008, 07:03:57 AM »
NALP says firms can't consider 1Ls before Dec 1, but there are many firms who are not a part of NALP and are therefore not bound by NALP hiring rules.