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Re-entering the job search legal market as a relatively entry-level attorney with experience. I completed a Clerkship a few months prior to the start of the pandemic and have been doing contract work since then. … more

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Does anyone have experience clerking for the Court of International Trade? Does it open the same kinds of opportunities as other Article III clerkships or not?

What did you use as a writing sample when applying for firms? Memos? Opinions? My judge has okayed whatever I want to use. Just curious what others have used.

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Has anyone heard of firms offering clerkship bonuses for state court of appeals clerks? If so, what firm?

Have any of you clerked in DNJ? If so, where did you end up or what do you have lined up?

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Just out of curiosity, how long does it frequently take from the time you submit an application on OSCAR to when a judge might contact you for an interview? I realize there is tremendous variation, of… more

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Has any big law firm matched Cravath’s new clerkship bonus ($125k for one) for (specifically) district court clerkships??

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how much is the typical clerkship bonus for big law?? i have heard first year salary minus amount you made during your clerkship? is that correct?

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Firm: *hosts clerkship reception to get clerks to apply…. *applies….Firm: “sorry we’re not hiring at this time!” Why are they like this?

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Are COA clerks also having a hard time landing BL jobs? Current district court clerk in a very competitive market about to strike out and it’s discouraging…to say the least.

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Has anyone negotiated a below market clerkship bonus to be closer to market? How did you do it?

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Hello! I'm looking for Post-Bar Law Clerk positions that will eventually turn into an offer for Associate Attorney positions. I'm located in Southern California and would prefer to work from h… more

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Any advice for dealing with student loan payments while clerking? I was paying almost 2k a month in big law and asked for an adjustment now that I’m in a district court clerkship, but they’re still ma… more

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When do firms tell you if and how much their clerkship bonus is when they don’t say on their website if they give one? Will they usually tell you when they call you to give you an offer?

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Former bankruptcy law clerk, have not had a job in a while, but have been looking. Looking to practice in the Midwest. Suggestions welcomed.

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I will be joining big law (corporate) in September as a 1st year associate. Company has unlimited PTO and I would like to take a few days off in December between Christmas and new year and work remote… more

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Data points on clerkship bonuses in Miami?

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Joining a big law firm this September as a 1st year associate. My firm has an unlimited PTO policy. Will it be too early to take two weeks off in December ( Christmas week and first week of January ).… more

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Current state law clerk. I'm in a situation where I have competing offers from a US District Court and a biglaw firm. Which should I take? My understanding is that I basically have to take the cle… more

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Currently a bankruptcy law clerk but looking at either going to a fed district court or a mid-sized law firm next year. I want to go into commercial litigation. Which is the better option if I want to… more

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How far in advance did you begin networking for a big law job post-clerkship? Would also like to know if you had to notify your judge beforehand to avoid any conflicts or if you waited to notify them … more

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Do you know whether any judges allow remote clerks?

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How does the clerkship bonus work? Is that a one time check or is it spread out of a certain amount of paychecks?

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Currently clerking at a district court, no firm job lined up (despite sending dozens of apps) and was offered a COA clerkship. I’m really scared of this job market. Are double clerks also suffering? U… more

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Those who clerked straight out of school (no firm experience), how is your search going? Assuming clerkship is over this fall.

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For those of you switching firms post-clerkship, what, if anything, did you negotiate with your firm? Clerkship bonus, receiving a portion of bonus prior to starting, pro rata year-end bonus? And how … more

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Has anyone clerked on the 6th Circuit? Any particularities about the circuit?

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I start my DJ term clerkship in a competitive district in September 2024. Currently, I’m at a tiny civil lit firm with high expectations and a lot of responsibility, but I am mostly enjoying it (average 35-60 hou… more

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Is the DC BL market unusually tough this year? I’m clerking at a very competitive district, summered at a BL firm in DC and I’m trying to re-recruit and not hearing anything. T6 grad, cum laude, elite… more

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How does a conflicts check work when you’re moving to a firm after a clerkship? Do you submit all the matters/cases you’ve ever worked on the conflicts sheet?

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Have any of you folks found it to be the case that you have literally no work but your co clerk is busy? It’s so frustrating to me because I feel like I’m not learning.

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Is it too late to do a federal appellate clerkship as a 5th year if you’re looking to return to a law firm post-clerkship?

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Working for a federal judge is an infinitely harder and more anxiety-inducing than at a big law firm. That’s all 🤣

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Any bankruptcy clerks seeing any action? I’m in a prominent district and getting no bites

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How do you find info on NON biglaw (litigation) firms and/or govt jobs?

For context, I’m going from 2.5 years in biglaw to a fed clerkship, and trying to change markets after the clerkship (planning on… more

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Any tips for dealing with a co-clerk who won’t shut up about politics?

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This market is horrible. I am slightly regretting choosing a clerkship (fed DJ in busy district) over a big law job in 2021/2022. I was at a midsize law firm and chose the clerkship over a potential b… more

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When RSVP’ing to a clerkship reception, do you attach a resume?

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