As someone who is interested in public interest law (open to impact litigation or policy work), does it make sense to clerk in state court -- trial level -- and if so, for how long? Are these clerkships only useful for becoming a state court judge down the line or can they open doors to other paths?

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I'd recommend clerking overall, however you should no what you will be doing or have a solid plan for what you will do post clerkship. The experience is great but if you are using it to fill time it's not helpful in the long run.

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Haven’t landed a public interest job (yet), but clerkships are helpful. I am completing a one-year state clerkship and I have seriously improved my understanding of litigation, capacity to multitask, proficiency at networking in narrow legal communities, and more. Plus, I’ve been surrounded by peers AND highly experienced attorneys (including judges). I have been asked about all of that in interviews with public interest organizations.

What's the path for someone interested in public interest law?

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