I'm a URM on law review at a top 3 school. Do you know what grades one generally needs to be eligible for federal appellate and district-level clerkships?
I'm also a URM on LR (top 3 as well, w/officer position). I'd say I'm probably somewhere in the mid-range of the class. Any thoughts on my chances?
Cool, thanks. Have any thoughts on chances for 1st Cir. (or D. Mass., D.R.I, or D.N.H. for that matter)?
I think you should apply broadly. Since you have a class rank, I'm assuming you don't go to Yale. In my experience, though this has probably changed since I was applying in the fall of 2007, it was fairly easy for URMs on the Journal to get clerkships as long as they applied broadly. I imagine the same would hold true for H and S. Of course, times have changed since then, but I still think you can probably find a good clerkship if you apply broadly. If not, work for a year or two and try again (and let judges know in your cover letter that you're willing to be considered a year out as well).