New Mid-level associate from a prosecutor’s office is being courted by a federal district judge to clerk. It’s a 5K pay cut, told a partner today, and he says he doesn’t see the benefit to firm or I

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If you like the judge this is a no brainer for many reasons. First, a good judge will teach you a ton. Second, the credential is valuable to most firms. third, if you want to do civil litigation, it will help make up for the fact that as a prosecutor you probably don’t know much about civil practice. And as long as you get along with the judge it will be one of the most fun processional things you ever do. I suspect the partner just doesn’t want you to leave and is trying to pee in the pool.


I disagree whole heartedly with your partner. Accepting a position with a federal judge is not only prestigious, it’s an incredible way to meet people who can and will change your life for the better. I say jump.


I should add, been at the firm two months, clerkship starts 4/2020, so will have been at the firm 7 months IF I even get an offer.

Honestly, I knew all that too. It was disappointing to hear him say that.

I still feel weird leaving after 7 months. I told my clerk friend that I’ll apply in a year.

I have this horrible sense of loyalty.

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