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I clerked for a federal district court judge and am now doing a federal court of appeals clerkship. I have an informal understanding with my old firm that I will return. It’s a small market with only 3-4 other 100+ attorney firms. I liked my old firm and have good relationships with firm leadership. Should I still apply to other firms, to make sure I’m getting fair compensation terms? I’m not particularly interested in working elsewhere but want to make sure I don’t get shortchanged.

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Yes, absolutely.

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You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by keeping your options open.

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Are they going to give you a clerkship bonus for your time on the district court? If not, I would lateral to a firm that will pay out that bonus.

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Yes, absolutely. Clerkship bonuses are negotiable. Get a higher bonus somewhere else and then ask your current firm (or other offeree firms) to match. I got >$100k extra this way.

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