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how many opinions/bench rulings should I aim to complete by the end of the clerkship?

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At least one order or memorandum opinion on a dispositive motion every week.

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I'm not really sure thats how it works. I think its all dependant on your judge and what they expect of you. I'm a district clerk in a flyover district and I've written 6-7 large orders (more than 10 pages).

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Okay quickly realizing this is district-dependent. I should’ve prefaced that I’m clerking in a Bankruptcy court. Currently drafting my 10th opinion.

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I am also a bankruptcy clerk in one of the “big”bankruptcy court districts. I have written six major opinions and have drafted many orders. Currently going to be working on a major opinion with possible precedential effect over the remaining months of my clerkship.

This also depends entirely on what types of orders these are. 10-pagers on straightforward motions can take as little as a day or two. 25+ pagers on something complex could take 2-3 weeks. I’ve heard some clerks comment that a substantive MSJ takes them a month. This is also very dependent on chambers and your judge. I’d aim for at least one good order a week on average. You’ll know when you come across one that doesn’t make that feasible. Also, when CJRA deadline is coming you might feel the heat and have to crank up the volume on the drafting machine. Also, I’d be open with the career clerk about expectations so everyone in chambers is on the same page.

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