I clerked right after law school and I’ve been working in BigLaw since (last 3 years). I’ve always thought career clerking for the right judge would be incredible and I may have the opportunity to do so in the next year. Has anyone gone from BL to career clerk? Interested to hear about others’ experiences and if anyone can advise where I’d likely come in on the JPS with 3 years experience and a year of prior federal clerkship service. Thanks!

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Definitely following. Career clerk seems like the dream.

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I would guess JS 13-1 or 14-1. Even if 13-1, you would be 14-1 in a year. However after that, it is only step increases. Federal career clerks generally max out at 14-10.

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