This past summer I worked for a professor as a research assistant and helped her research/write her article for a law journal. This summer I'm looking to work for a judge (I'd prefer it to be a bankruptcy judge as this is the area of law I'm looking to get into). There are several in Houston that I can apply to, but I'd also like to apply to a few in Austin as well as out of state (ie California). When I graduate, I want to practice in Houston, Austin, or LA, so I figure working a summer in either city would be a good chance to establish some roots.
My question is when should I apply for a clerkship with these judges? I remember last yr as a 1L, people didn't apply until January or February for clerkships. Given that I'm a 2L now and the job market is kind of tight, I wanted to apply earlier for these positions.
As for clerkships in LA, should I mention that I'll be in the area on X dates and would be available to interview with them then? As well, should I send my resume, cover letter, etc to the actual judge or to the clerk for the court?
As for my credentials, I'm right outside of the top 1/3. I'm not on a journal this semester but am doing work with the Mock Trial teams at school. I competed this summer on the Mock Trial teams as well as working for the professor (as mentioned above)
Thanks for the help ya'll.