Some 2Ls will go into summer jobs having already secured clerkships, and other students may want to interrupt summer jobs for clerkship interviews. That raises the questions of whether, when, and how you should inform your summer employer about your clerkship or possible interviews. For answers, see our webpage, Handling Summer Employer.
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To the extent you have any choices among projects in your summer job, try to seek out writing projects. These projects will help develop your writing skills and be a helpful source of writing samples for future job searches, including for judicial clerkships. Before you leave the job, ask for permission to take redacted versions with you. If your position this summer does not include any opportunity for showcasing your writing abilities, don’t worry. You can find other opportunities, including through HLS classes, clinics, journals, research assistance work for professors, and independent writing for course credit.
Still mulling your post-graduation options? Clerk! At last count, over 200 judges had yet to hire clerks for the 2018 term, including over 100 federal district judges in major markets (Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, etc.). Kick start your clerkship search by digging into the step-by-step guide. If, after exhausting the online resources, you have more individual questions, feel free to schedule a clerkship appointment through our CSM Symplicity.
While a post-graduate judicial clerkship may seem far away, we want to provide some advance information to help you plan appropriately, before the earliest judges start accepting applications from class of 2019 students this summer. Start by viewing the 1L Judicial Clerkship Orientation video and/or outline. Keep developing relationships that can lead to strong recommendation letters. Finally, as you have time and interest, check out the wealth of information available on the Judicial Clerkships section of the OCS website. We will announce here in Hire Ground when 1L clerkship appointments become available this spring- we look forward to working with you!
Does your choice of a job for next summer have much impact on a later judicial clerkship search? The short answer is no, not enough to make the clerkship angle a[…]