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Why Clerk?

You will be a better lawyer after you clerk:

    • You see a variety of cases with different substantive law and procedural issues that
      • Improves your general knowledge of the law; and
      • Helps you decide which practice area is right for you.
    • You have an intense research and writing experience that will help you be a more efficient and effective legal writer.
    • You gain experience that would take years to accumulate otherwise.
    • You see lawyers of varying skill level, and you learn by analyzing their strategies and techniques with the judge and other clerks.
    • You get inside the head of a judge.
    • As a transactional or in-house lawyer,
      • You see how your work product might be litigated;
      • You become more thoughtful in your drafting and in due diligence reviews;
      • You are a better writer where writing really matters;
      • You understand when to use and the impact of choice of law, choice of forum, and arbitration clauses;
      • You know that legal research is important and not to always rely on forms; and
      • You understand the economics of litigation and discovery.

You will have a valuable mentor:

    • Judges are usually the best of the profession and you learn at the hands of a master.
    • Most judges take their mentoring role seriously, more seriously than many practicing lawyers:
      • Judges describe the relationship with their clerks as a “bond” that is unique in legal environments/
    • You join a clerkship family of past and future clerks, providing a broad network with
      • Different law schools;
      • Different geographic areas; and
      • Different types of practice.

You will have a credential that will follow you for your professional life:

    • Most lawyers change jobs during their career, and having a clerkship shows that you are a highly capable lawyer, improving your value regardless of the type of work you do.
    • You will be more competitive for post-graduate fellowships, scholarships, internships and government honors programs.