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Clerkship Recommendation Advice

Postby Anonymous User » Wed May 15, 2019 10:52 am

I'm currently a 2L at HYSCCN, top 15%ish, planning to apply for clerkships per the hiring plan. I've secured 3 recommenders, but the third professor has asked, among other things, for me to submit a draft recommendation letter to them (they say they will write their own afterwards). I've never done this before and am kind of at a loss - is a clerkship recommendation letter structured the same way as any other letter of recommendation? Is there anything in particular I should think about highlighting beyond the obvious?

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Re: Clerkship Recommendation Advice

Postby Anonymous User » Wed May 15, 2019 8:42 pm

Following! Have the same situation. Halp.

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Re: Clerkship Recommendation Advice

Postby HillandHollow » Thu May 16, 2019 11:28 am

Most good recommendation letters are about one or two pages, and are basically something like:

"Dear Judge,
Para 1: I write to offer my strong support of STUDENT, who I understand has applied for a clerk position in your chambers. STUDENT is great, etc.
Para 2: STUDENT was in my BIRD LAW class, and demonstrated early on that she was beak and wing above most of her classmates. She often attended my office hours, and she was a stable genius...She got an A+ in my class/She got a C+ in my class, but at our school, a C+ is actually very impressive, because our school is so difficult, and also a C+ doesn't reflect her actual abilities or whatever...
Para 3: But STUDENT wasn't just a Bird Law virtuoso. STUDENT came from some kind of background, which is interesting and relevant or not. This experience made STUDENT just like so cool and mature. Everyone on campus loves her.
End: I offer my strongest recommendation, because STUDENT is just the best.

Love,
Professor Crowell"

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Re: Clerkship Recommendation Advice

Postby Anonymous User » Thu May 16, 2019 3:34 pm

HillandHollow wrote:Most good recommendation letters are about one or two pages, and are basically something like:

"Dear Judge,
Para 1: I write to offer my strong support of STUDENT, who I understand has applied for a clerk position in your chambers. STUDENT is great, etc.
Para 2: STUDENT was in my BIRD LAW class, and demonstrated early on that she was beak and wing above most of her classmates. She often attended my office hours, and she was a stable genius...She got an A+ in my class/She got a C+ in my class, but at our school, a C+ is actually very impressive, because our school is so difficult, and also a C+ doesn't reflect her actual abilities or whatever...
Para 3: But STUDENT wasn't just a Bird Law virtuoso. STUDENT came from some kind of background, which is interesting and relevant or not. This experience made STUDENT just like so cool and mature. Everyone on campus loves her.
End: I offer my strongest recommendation, because STUDENT is just the best.

Love,
Professor Crowell"


this is awesome! thanks

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Re: Clerkship Recommendation Advice

Postby Anonymous User » Thu May 16, 2019 3:53 pm

Yes thank you, this is super helpful!!



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