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NY State Court of Appeals Clerkship

Posted: Mon May 14, 2018 1:19 pm
by Anonymous User
Hey all:

Can anyone share their experience in obtaining a clerkship for the Court of Appeals of New York (Highest NY state court), especially regarding the application and interview process.

I know the judges have their own individual timelines for hiring which vary, but there is very little information on the internet for clerking with a judge at the NY Court of Appeals. Thanks.

Re: NY State Court of Appeals Clerkship

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 9:39 am
by thelastlaugh
I applied two years ago, for two separate judges. Applications were solicited from the judge's personal/professional connections, who recommended me and some others at my firm (and a few others from another firm), and there was no public application posted as far as I know. One judge passed on my application, but forwarded it to another judge, who offered me an interview. (I declined because I had already accepted a DC clerkship). I know that at least one judge still gets his/her clerks through this type of closed application process.

Re: NY State Court of Appeals Clerkship

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 11:01 am
by Anonymous User
They've recently become more transparent about who's hiring and for when: http://www.nycourts.gov/ctapps/clrkships.htm

I interviewed with one, and besides for the obvious question (why NY court of appeals) it was pretty much the same as my federal interviews.

Re: NY State Court of Appeals Clerkship

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 6:30 pm
by M_Law
Anonymous User wrote:They've recently become more transparent about who's hiring and for when: http://www.nycourts.gov/ctapps/clrkships.htm

I interviewed with one, and besides for the obvious question (why NY court of appeals) it was pretty much the same as my federal interviews.


Anon here. Thanks, this was helpful. How competitive are the clerkships in terms of stats and pedigree, with the understanding that judges can be idiosyncratic in hiring? There's not much information to go by, hence I ask. Appreciate any insight.

Re: NY State Court of Appeals Clerkship

Posted: Thu May 17, 2018 7:36 pm
by thelastlaugh
Two people I know who clerked are not t14 grads, but were at v10 firms.

Re: NY State Court of Appeals Clerkship

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 9:06 pm
by Anonymous User
thelastlaugh wrote:Two people I know who clerked are not t14 grads, but were at v10 firms.


Would you be would you be willing to talk about the interview experience in more detail?

Re: NY State Court of Appeals Clerkship

Posted: Wed May 30, 2018 11:56 am
by thelastlaugh
Anonymous User wrote:
thelastlaugh wrote:Two people I know who clerked are not t14 grads, but were at v10 firms.


Would you be would you be willing to talk about the interview experience in more detail?


I can't speak to the interview process because I didn't interview. But my understanding is that it's very similar to federal clerkship interviews.