Here's an inspiring video about the Ninth Circuit judge I clerked for, the Honorable Ronald M. Gould. He was a great judge to work for, and this is both a wonderful testament to his strength and perseverance in the face of MS and a reminder of how much each of us can accomplish.
Query the judge's response if an applicant asked for a week to ten days to ponder an offer. Faculty hiring committees typically give a candidate a brief response time, as do law review editors to authors. Why the difference in treatment?
And would any clerkship applicant play the "trade up" game (akin to what happens in article placement)? Why or why not?
Once in a while, I take advantage of having a blog to share information relevant to only a small portion of our readership. This is one of those times. Last week, on May 5, Gladys Lunsford Dimmick passed away. Gladys was the secretary to Fourth Circuit Judge J. Dickson Phillips Jr., for whom several of us in the academy clerked. Gladys was a sweet, fun, and wonderful person with the most brilliant twinkle in her eye. She is already missed.
A few days ago the White House announced the appointment of 13 incredibly talented men and women as White House Fellows. You'll find brief bios on these outstanding individuals here, and additional information on the Program here.
I'm wondering if any law profs out there had the privilege of serving as White House Fellows. Any names?
Over the weekend I joined several former and current law clerks to celebrate 25 years of distinguished judicial service by Edith H. Jones, currently the Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit. In glancing over the roster of attendees I counted a handful of former clerks who, like me, are law professors.
So this got me wondering. Which current judge/justice has the most clerks now teaching at ABA-accredited law schools? Can we create a "top ten" list of feeder judges/justices into the legal academy?
Back in May, I blogged about the coming judicicial clerkship application crush. I predicted that there would be a surge of applications from those many highly qualified students facing deferred offers from top shelf firms. This analysis wasn't rocket science, but I hadn't heard anyone else make this claim...and I was a bit worried I'd later be proved an idiot.
Alas, it now appears my prediction was right. According to BLT, there was a 42% increase in the number of people applying online for Federal clerkships this year. We don't have any data about the effects of this shift. I'm wondering which schools absorbed the biggest impact of this brutally competitive market: the super elite law schools - and particularly those students who aren't at the top of the class - or the strong regional schools that normally snag local clerkships, but might now be losing these slots to super elite schools.
Does anybody have a sense of this - even anecdotally?
UCLA Law Dean Michael Schill to become dean at Chicago Law,
effective January 1, 2010.Leiter gloats;
Bainbridge mourns. (See Dan's post on this here).
Globe reports that some professors are giving their courses a sexier name
to increase student enrollment.Historiann
Solove have begun renaming the curriculum accordingly.I’ll give my courses a shot as well,
though I’m even worse at course titles than article titles:
First, I'd like to thank the editors at Faculty Lounge for inviting me to guest blog. I've always enjoyed this blog and I am honored to be a guest blogger. I plan to offer a variety of posts on topics ranging from the legal job market (this post) to the dynamics of peer review. Well, enough with introductions - on to the post!
If you graduated last May and are not employed yet, then I
have a pretty good idea of what your life is like right now. You possibly have
a part time or full time non-law job and are either living on a string with
roommates who await back-rent or have moved back in with your parents. You
watch too much syndicated television at odd hours and the email in-box, post
office box, and telephone message machine are no longer your friends. You avoid
contact with people who will inevitably ask you how your job search is going
and sheepishly duck into your law school’s career service office to leaf
through the new job postings.
Okay, that last one might be a relic of someone who suffered
this fate a good while back. I imagine that today, most of the career service
job postings are online. But, much like Bill Clinton, I do “feel your pain.”
That’s right, your guest blogger and member of the ivory tower was an
unemployed law graduate. In the paragraphsthat follow, I offer some consolation and advice for the
recent unemployed law graduate. I also offer a gift. If Elton John’s gift was
his song, then my gift to you, recent unemployed law graduate, is a set of pathetic
and awkward stories of my interviewing during these days of post-graduate
Skadden Arps welcomed their summer associates this week. According to ATL, there was a lot of anxiety in this summer class as they learned that offers would be forthcoming to those workers who earned them. (Isn't it weird that, in this business, the notion that one would need to earn an offer sets off alarms?) To quell anxiety, partners reassured the summer staffers that there were plenty of offers to go around. With one caveat: the jobs won't open until 2011. That means these eager members of the Class of 2010 will need to find something else to do for a year. And if the Skadden folk won't start until 2011, something tells me that there will be a ton of summer associates receving similar offers. Hundreds of the best and brightest law grads from top law schools who will graduate directly into a one year sabbatical.
You know what that means: today's brillian rising 3L needs a one year long job that starts immediately after graduation. And there's one position that fits that requirement perfectly: the (one year) judicial clerkship.
True enough, many of the folks headed to the elite firms were already planning on seeking a clerkship. Many - but probably not most. There are the older grads who just want to start their careers already. The poorer grads who need to start dealing with loans. And all of the transactional types - corporate, tax, and T&E folks, to name a few - who accept clerkships at far lower rates than their litigation colleagues. But you can be sure of one thing: most of these individuals would rather take a moderately-paid, high-status job for a year than sling lowfat bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches at the local Starbucks.
Come this fall, federal and state judges are going to be flooded with highly qualified law graduates seeking both a learning experience and a chance to burn the clock. This will have a number of consequences. First, I imagine that the surge will make it much tougher for students at non-elite law schools to score clerkships. Like it or not, a large number of judges prefer to hire strong graduates of elite law grads. If this cohort doubles in size, that's inevitably going to burn up some of the slots typically allocated to regional law grads. (In fact, it may put even more presure on strong - but not superelite - law schools because judges may feel particular pressure or motivation to hold slots for grads of their preferred local schools.)