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eli250

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Federal Clerkship letters of reccomendation
« on: March 06, 2008, 07:51:33 PM »
What do you think is better, getting a letter from a professor with name recognition that doesn't really know you enough to say anything more than "he was prepared for class and got an A on my exam," or from a former non-legal employer or legal aid clinic supervisor who knows you well? 

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Re: Federal Clerkship letters of reccomendation
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2008, 08:50:42 PM »
Depends on how recognizable the prof is - if the last name is like Tribe or Chemerinsky or Amar or Calabresi, go for it.  Otherwise, go for the rec from someone that actually knows you.  A sincere, detailed rec goes a long way.  But you do need at least one rec from a professor that knows you well.

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Re: Federal Clerkship letters of reccomendation
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2008, 09:02:32 PM »
Judges don't give a rats ass about the name of the professor unless it is someone they personally know.  Hell, most federal judges ignore academia and academic scholarship in general.  You should read some of the articles written by judges on how little law reviews/journals are cited now in judicial opinions.  You find a professor who knows you, your work and your character.  This is what a federal judge cares about.