CA fed clerkship w/o ties?

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CA fed clerkship w/o ties?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:01 am

After another trip to LA, I’ve confirmed that I really want to live there. Unfortunately, this realization has come after already accepting a biglaw offer elsewhere (I’m a 3L set to work at a V50 law firm in Chicago next year). I have always planned on pursuing a clerkship, and now see this as a possible way to get out west. I originally planned to apply any and everywhere to enhance my chances, but now I’m focused on CA for a 2020/2021 clerkship.

I hear about how competitive CDCA clerkships are, but is this true among all judges? Do EDCA & SDCA clerkships offer the same kind of post-clerkship employment opportunities in LA? Also, will my lack of connections be excluding for CDCA or any other CA clerkships?

Stats:
T14, dcng
3.60-3.65 gpa
Secondary Journal, board position
1-2 years biglaw work experience by the start date

Any insight is appreciated!

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Re: CA fed clerkship w/o ties?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:00 pm

Anecdotally (I was a CD Cal clerk a couple years ago who was involved in clerk hiring), we didn't care about CA-ties so long as you had some reason for wanting to come to SoCal. Unlike a SoCal law firm who wants to hire people who are going to stick around for at least the short-to-medium term, judges know that you are going to leave them after a year (duh), and it doesn't matter so much that you might leave California.

I think the bigger hurdle to overcome will be that a lot of CD Cal judges seem to hire heavily from California schools, just because that's who they are familiar with. You might try to find a way to get your application highlighted/pulled from the stack (have a professor call, work your connections, send paper applications, etc.)



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