I am a first-generation lawyer. I am also an immigrant and a minority entering the legal profession. I didn’t have the connections coming into law school that folks often lean on to help further their clerkship applications. In my 2L year, I sent out over a 100 applications
Landing a clerkship requires patience. You will experience repeated rejections and frequent failures. Do not make a campsite at these setbacks but use them as fuel to continue the pursuit.
Briana Singson is a rising 2L matriculating into the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She is a current judicial intern through the Judicial Internship Opportunity Program (JIOP) with the Honorable Judge Virginia M. Kendall of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The onset of
The choices you make as you leave your life as a student and transition to the practice of law can be some of the most important decisions of your professional career. Clerking for a judge, either right after law school or following a period of practice, can be
Federal clerkships, for better or worse, are often seen as a gateway to many of the country’s top-tier legal jobs. Sadly, it comes as no surprise that diversity among law clerks in the federal judiciary is disproportionately low. Even though minorities increasingly make up a growing percentage of law school graduates nationwide, and
Ever feel like you’re going to forget something important while you’re immersed in law school? No worries. Here’s a handy guide of to-dos.
What are you planning on doing this and maybe the next few summers? If you plan it well, three years of law school can provide you with up to four summers’ worth of work experience in law/related fields. From traditional law firm summer associate roles, to courtroom clerkships,
Admittedly, before I enrolled in law school, I shared the view of many lay people of what lawyers do for work: That is, they go to the courtroom and argue for their clients. It did not take long to realize how skewed that view of the legal profession
Do you want to clerk, but have been told that if you are not in the top five percent, do not attend Harvard Law School, and do not speak seven languages, you can’t? Then this article is for you.
If you “followed the rules” but feel like you don’t fit the role you found yourself in this summer, not all is lost. That feeling can serve as a tool to place you on the path meant for you, so don’t ignore it.
From a 5-minute conversation at a networking reception to phrasing job entries on your resume to on-campus and callback interviews, your ability to make a good impression can help you land your dream internship or summer associate position and set the tone for your career. In every interaction you’ll have during the hiring process,
Law students often receive their first practical experience in the practice of law as a law student employee of a law firm. This can be a great experience for law students, but a law student is not a lawyer and what the law student is allowed to do is limited. Our
Law students and lawyers are encouraged to pursue federal clerkships; however, no one explains exactly what a job or career as a federal law clerk entails. Now, you can hear all about it from current law clerks in “A Day in the Life of a Federal Law Clerk,” a webinar in
Law students and lawyers are encouraged to pursue federal clerkships; however, no one explains exactly what a job or career as a federal law clerk entails. Expanding on our “Demystifying the Judicial Clerkship Application Process and Experience” program, our panel of federal law clerks and a federal judge will share their
Learn about the clerkship application process, how to stand out as an applicant, and how to succeed in your role.
What do you want to learn? How to get a clerkship? We can do that. How to build relationships? That's covered too. Closing that resume gap? Consider it done. And you can do learn all of that from your classroom or favorite coffee shop next week. First up on Tuesday, April
One of the best ways to stand out among your peers is through demonstrated practical ability. As a law school graduate, you will be highly marketable if you can “hit the ground running.” You can fit this description by acquiring as many practical legal skills as possible during school.
What are the two most important steps in getting a clerkship? Knowing your audience and proofreading your materials. Seriously, proofread.
The ABA has graciously invited me to write for its law school audience. In the first post, I wrote about why the law school you choose to attend matters. Without further ado, here is the second thing many of us wish we had known before starting law school: Your Grades
Judges Reveal What It Takes To Get Inside Their Courtroom Student Lawyer sits down with five judges from the ABA Judicial Division to get their expert advice on landing a coveted judicial clerkship, making the most out of this opportunity once you're in their chambers, secrets to working well with judges,
Judicial clerkships have a lot to offer: They hone research and writing skills, provide great exposure to practicing lawyers, create an opportunity to develop a mentoring relationship with a successful member of the bar, and generally look fabulous on a résumé.