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Clerkships - Which is more prestigious?

Clerkships - Which is more prestigious?
« on: January 12, 2007, 02:35:10 PM »
I know very little about clerkships, my question is whether clerking for a State Supreme Court or a random Federal District Court is more prestigious.  Thanks!

Re: Clerkships - Which is more prestigious?
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2007, 02:37:15 PM »
I assume both beat out traffic court...

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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2007, 02:38:02 PM »
Being a SCOTUS clerk pwns all.  However, you will always have to do a feeder clerkship first.

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Re: Clerkships - Which is more prestigious?
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2007, 03:44:23 PM »
Federal clerkship would be more prestigious than a local/state court.

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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2007, 03:50:20 PM »
Being a SCOTUS clerk pwns all.  However, you will always have to do a feeder clerkship first.

What are the feeder clerkships?

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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2007, 03:52:05 PM »
Being a SCOTUS clerk pwns all.  However, you will always have to do a feeder clerkship first.

What are the feeder clerkships?

From appeals courts.  SCOTUs Justices often hire from preferred Appeals judges (Kozinski of the 9th Circuit snd Sotomayor of the 2nd Circuit are two examples of Appeals judges from whom SCOTUS judges often hire their clerks).

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Re: Clerkships - Which is more prestigious?
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2007, 03:55:52 PM »
Being a SCOTUS clerk pwns all.  However, you will always have to do a feeder clerkship first.

What are the feeder clerkships?

From appeals courts.  SCOTUs Justices often hire from preferred Appeals judges (Kozinski of the 9th Circuit snd Sotomayor of the 2nd Circuit are two examples of Appeals judges from whom SCOTUS judges often hire their clerks).

Which one are you planning on clerking with CitySlicker?

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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2007, 04:00:40 PM »
I have much respect for Kozinski (he's famous for telling the everyone to "chill out" in his decision in Mattel vs. Aqua case over the Barbie World song).  Also, clerking with him would be a big help in getting a position with Scalia who, though I don't always agree with him, is one of the most intelligent people whose writings I've ever read and who I have respect for in that regard.

Sotomayor has a reputation for being liberal-activisty, which kind of disappoints me (I'd love to support my fellow hispanics in law, but I don't want to be stigmatized politically by having clerked with someone whose approach I don't fully agree with). 

Basically, I have no f-ing clue  ;)

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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2007, 04:02:09 PM »
Heh, well maybe we'll be together clerking for Scalia!  Although like four people do that per year...o well. 

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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2007, 04:25:19 PM »
Heh, well maybe we'll be together clerking for Scalia!  Although like four people do that per year...o well. 

When we're both at Harvard we can plan our ascension to SCOTUS glory together.