Grades? School? Legal Experience? Connections? Did you SA with a firm 2L summer, and if so do you think you will return there after the clerkship? Best advice to make yourself more attractive to judges? What district are you in, and how competitive do you think it was for you to get a clerkship? How many did you apply to, how many interviews, and how many offers? (although I'm guessing you accepted the first one you got) What were the interviews like? Hopefully I didn't fire away too many, but any insight would be nice.Thanks
Comment on my chances at a competitive district (SDNY, DDC, EDVA, etc.): Top 1-3% (3.99) T20Law Review (no ed board)Note might get published... don't know yet.EDIT: I also am getting a recommendation from a prof who was a former clerk of a judge I'm applying to.On the downside, I have a really awful undergrad GPA. I just noticed that some judges request undergrad transcripts (hope that doesn't screw me). Also, do you think a 35 page Note is too long for a writing sample? How long is too long? How long was yours?
when you say non-T14, can you get any more specific? I ask because I am at a school 80-100
Do you think it matters whether the writing sample is academic vs. practical (for example, a law review note vs. draft order from judicial internship)? Or should the guiding factors be length and interest? The academic paper is more interesting, IMO, but I would have to submit an excerpt that isn't a full analysis. The draft order has both the law and analysis and is short enough to submit the whole thing.For judges that are currently hiring, would you recommend waiting to apply until we get last semester's grades, or go ahead and apply now and update with new transcripts later (if still in the running)? I have the rec letters, but after getting a few grades, I think I have a good chance at increasing class rank. My guess is that I should just apply now because the difference in rank will probably not be the difference between interview vs. waste basket.Do most judges expect you to interview in person if you are coming from a far away?Thanks!