Are Clerkship Bonuses Assumed When Accepting a Firm's Offer as a Summer?

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Are Clerkship Bonuses Assumed When Accepting a Firm's Offer as a Summer?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:01 pm

I'm a 2L and I'm going to be a summer associate this year. I've already accepted a district court clerkship for the term after I graduate. If at the end of the summer I accept the firm's offer (for after my clerkship assuming I get the judge's permission), do I need to discuss the clerkship bonus or is that assumed? (E.g., they're not going to be like, "You accepted too soon sucker no bonus for you!")

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Re: Are Clerkship Bonuses Assumed When Accepting a Firm's Offer as a Summer?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:31 pm

+1 in the same situation, and also interested in the answer to this!

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Re: Are Clerkship Bonuses Assumed When Accepting a Firm's Offer as a Summer?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:31 am

Yes. The firms still will pay you the bonus because that is considered the "market" rate. When I was at Sidley, they had a summer presentation to clerks about the bonus and the timing of the bar stipend / reimbursement.

Remember that your firm wants to keep you from going to other firms. If they didn't pay the bonus you'd certainly leave on the clerkship market.



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