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Federal clerkship

If offered, do you take it no matter what - assuming you are dcgootle11/22/17
Take it. You will not regret it. legalwiter111/22/17
You don't burn bridges with a federal judge. Absolutely tak dharamsala11/22/17
If it’s an Article III you almost certainly take it, even ichininosan11/22/17
Then why apply in the first place? Certainly never take an i tacocheese11/22/17
Yes, unless the judge has a reputation for being terrible or cranky11/22/17
Do you take it even if it burns bridges to leave your curren dcgootle11/23/17
Yes, you do. In fact, if you're offered a "real" federal cle onehell11/24/17
Your current employer will lay you off in a heartbeat, and t patenttrollnj11/24/17
And what about if it is in a state without a big market? dcgootle11/24/17
I wonder how common it is to go from a federal attorney posi perkinwarbeck11/24/17
Maybe I'll revive my OSCAR account lol. I think they still s perkinwarbeck11/24/17
What's the worst you can do after a federal clerkship? You dcgootle11/27/17
very little chatter on this...i expected more :) dcgootle11/28/17
Well, that's because it's an incredible credential. If you jackofspeed11/28/17
Chief Justice Roberts, on his office Supreme Court Bio, list jackofspeed11/28/17
well said....but what about a district court in a less-trave dcgootle11/28/17
To be honest I'd jump at any of them. But some destinations jackofspeed11/28/17
If you're in my jurisdiction, a state with a small legal mar jd4hire11/28/17
Who has done any hiring of judicial clerks on here? dcgootle11/30/17
dcgootle (Nov 22, 2017 - 11:37 am)

If offered, do you take it no matter what - assuming you aren't already in a very good or 6-figure type job? Broad question, I know, but I'm curious to hear responses

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legalwiter1 (Nov 22, 2017 - 11:58 am)

Take it. You will not regret it.

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dharamsala (Nov 22, 2017 - 12:07 pm)

You don't burn bridges with a federal judge. Absolutely take it.

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ichininosan (Nov 22, 2017 - 12:43 pm)

If it’s an Article III you almost certainly take it, even if you’re already in a six figure job*

* A few qualifications — you don’t necessarily take a non-Article III (i.e. magistrate, bankruptcy) clerkship. And you may think twice about a geographically far flung position.

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tacocheese (Nov 22, 2017 - 8:14 pm)

Then why apply in the first place? Certainly never take an interview with any judge unless you're likely to accept on the spot.

I wouldn't make a distinction between types of judges. But if something comes up I the interview, like the judge is an a-hole or works his clerks 60 hours/week, then it's totally cool to reject.

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cranky (Nov 22, 2017 - 5:39 pm)

Yes, unless the judge has a reputation for being terrible or hard to work for. I know a few people who were miserable clerking and quit or were told to leave before the clerkship was over. That's a tough spot to be in when you're making low wages in exchange for the prestige.

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dcgootle (Nov 23, 2017 - 10:01 am)

Do you take it even if it burns bridges to leave your current employer so abruptly?

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onehell (Nov 24, 2017 - 11:34 am)

Yes, you do. In fact, if you're offered a "real" federal clerkship, your employer probably shouldn't want to burn bridges with YOU. That's why most biglaw firms will actually just hold your job open for you and want you to return post-clerkship, and will even give you credit for salary purposes for that year or two you were clerking.

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patenttrollnj (Nov 24, 2017 - 11:17 pm)

Your current employer will lay you off in a heartbeat, and they likely will do that in 3 to 5 years.

TAKE IT !!

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dcgootle (Nov 24, 2017 - 10:47 am)

And what about if it is in a state without a big market?

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perkinwarbeck (Nov 24, 2017 - 11:07 am)

I wonder how common it is to go from a federal attorney position to a clerkship. I could see myself accepting one if I didn't have to take a paycut and it was for the district court here in DC.

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perkinwarbeck (Nov 24, 2017 - 11:40 am)

Maybe I'll revive my OSCAR account lol. I think they still send me emails from time to time.

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dcgootle (Nov 27, 2017 - 11:28 am)

What's the worst you can do after a federal clerkship? You HAVE to be more marketable than just doc review, right?

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dcgootle (Nov 28, 2017 - 10:58 am)

very little chatter on this...i expected more :)

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jackofspeed (Nov 28, 2017 - 11:40 am)

Well, that's because it's an incredible credential. If you work as a lawyer, a clerkship will forever be an important part of your resume.

You will have a connection to a judge and judges have power. Even after they step down, other attorneys will remember arguing before or meeting with the judge you clerked for. Your insight into "your" judge will always be valued by attorneys.

So, if you can get a clerkship it's marketable. Now, if you're already making Biglaw money and you can't take a pay cut, or if you're sure you never want to work a day as a lawyer perhaps you might forgo the opportunity. For anyone else there is not much to discuss because it's such a clearly good thing.

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jackofspeed (Nov 28, 2017 - 11:50 am)

Chief Justice Roberts, on his office Supreme Court Bio, lists his two clerkships. They are that valuable.
https://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx

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dcgootle (Nov 28, 2017 - 1:15 pm)

well said....but what about a district court in a less-traveled area?

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jackofspeed (Nov 28, 2017 - 1:39 pm)

To be honest I'd jump at any of them. But some destinations might simply be impossible for my wife.

But if I were single? Send me to Montana! Or either West Virginia district. Whatever Guam is in. I'd take it in the proverbial heartbeat.

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jd4hire (Nov 28, 2017 - 4:26 pm)

If you're in my jurisdiction, a state with a small legal market, you'd be a fool to pass up a federal clerkship at any level. Your employer would likely want you back and even if they didn't, the partners would be completely irrational for being angry with you. Further, your clerkship will open doors when your clerkship concludes. I.e., if the firm isn't interested in having you back, take that as a good reason to GTFO and start applying for jobs/ speaking with attorneys 1/4 of the way through your clerkship.

I know my firm personally calls the clerkship administrators to let them know when we have jobs coming up. They do this as their first attempt to fill a spot. If that fails, then they advertise elsewhere (thank god as that's how I got in).

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dcgootle (Nov 30, 2017 - 12:21 pm)

Who has done any hiring of judicial clerks on here?

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