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also how long have you been waiting (you didn't say)? Plus #4 at GULC is different from #4 Harvard in a significant way when talking about competitive 9th circuit judges, so that's another unknown factor.
Since October, updated with Fall grades a few weeks ago. #4 MVPDNC.
Also to poster above, I definitely know clerkships are a tough, competitive process and I will chock this up to me being overly-anxious (and certainly applying so geographically narrow is a huge part of the problem).
I am still curious, however, if there have been waves of interviews I am just missing or if pretty much everyone is sitting around waiting.
Are you like SF or bust? Seems like 18 apps is a low number even if you have your heart set on CA.
Hmm, really? Recounting now I have applied to 22 judges. I've applied to every Dist/Circuit judge in CA that I have either: A) Seen are accepting apps on Oscar, or B) been told to mail by people who know they are accepting applicants.
Is randomly mass-mailing judges that haven't said they are open on Oscar yet a thing?
Is your app just about strong grades, or are you law review ed board and published, with moot court wins, strong recs from being something like a research assistant to a nationally known professor, ties to CA, etc? Are your best recommenders calling chambers for you and/or acquainted with any of the 20 judges on your list?
I can check off all those boxes, and I had to get a non-9th Cir. CoA clerkship before I finally landed my job for an SF judge. We tossed "one trick pony" strong grade apps from T6/T3 schools all the time in my CoA chambers, and we're middle of the pack in terms of selectivity--9th Circuit (especially SF) is top of the selectivity list. Unless you're approaching a feeder level candidacy, you're crazy to think you're *likely* to get a California AIII clerkship. Sure, E.D. Cal is somewhat less selective than the other CA districts, but the catch is that a number of E.D. Cal judges only hire alums. Even strong Stanford candidates strike out from time to time.
Also, where are you getting your clerkship advice--blindly following OSCAR is a terrible idea re: when you should send apps. I called every chambers I applied to, and the answers I got contradicted OSCAR postings more often than not (I used a google voice number in case anyone got mad--no one did--but it's worth checking if the OSCAR posting specifically says "don't call chambers"). Call around 10 AM chambers time, ask for the JA, and ask if they're accepting applications. I hope to god you didn't go to my school because if you did, the clerkship advising seems to have gotten even worse than when I was there...you gotta hustle for this stuff amigo.