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November 24, 2009


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I'm a 3L at a top-tier school whose top 5% graduates consistently land district court clerkships. Three of my classmates of that caliber (two of them ranked first and second in our class, respectively) were turned down despite applying widely and aggressively and despite heavy faculty support.


I'm a 3L at one of the "super elite," as you call them. It was definitely harder this year, but I didn't notice that it hit students in the middle worse than students at the top. I have friends with strong faculty support and superb grades who struck out despite applying broadly. I was frankly shocked by who did not get anything. I'm not privvy to everyone's grades and lists of judges, but from what I do know, there didn't seem to be a stronger correlation this year between academic success and success in the clerkship market. If anything, it seemed slightly the reverse, with some very top students--students who in years past would have been shoe-ins--getting absolutely nothing.

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