Judicial Clerkships Ranked by Prestige

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Are you considering a judicial clerkship and wonder which courts are considered most prestigious? I’ve talked with attorneys at large firms, court clerks, and professors. Below is the result of my small (unscientific) survey listing the most prestigious first.

Judicial Clerkships Ranked by Prestige

1. U.S. Supreme Court
2. Circuit Court of Appeals
3. Federal District Court — tied with — State Supreme Court
5. Federal Magistrate Court — tied with — State Court of Appeals
7. Federal Bankruptcy Court
8. State District Court

Please note, some clarifications are required. First, not everyone will agree with this list. In particular, people have different opinions about whether one tied item is actually higher than the other.

Second, the list doesn’t take into consideration an individual student’s plans. For example, a student seeking a career in bankruptcy or state court practice would probably prefer Federal Bankruptcy Court or a state court, respectively, over a Federal District Court.

Third, any ranking of these opportunities may be unfair. Clerkships at any type of court have great educational value. I understand that clerking for a trial court is extremely valuable because trial court clerks experience the mechanics of court, motions, evidence, and the excitement of litigation at its most fundamental level.

Finally, I talked to under ten people, so these could be wrong. If you have a different opinion, please leave a comment here so other law students can benefit from your advice.

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Here is a collection of tips for law students who want to get a head start on preparing for exams:

(Posted as part of a series of How To articles on Problogger.net)

A note from a reader:

Preparing for various Law school exams can be facilitated through various online learning resources. Online certification under a wide range of categories such as programming (HP0-918), networking, database administration and many others have already marked their success in the professional world. A qualification focused at on particular aspect of the area such as HP0-922 gives one a thorough understanding of the concept without any academic sacrifice. The same applies to some relatively non-technical course, for example HP0-W02 and many qualifications of Law. A recommendable approach is to blend the traditional means with the online available (HP2-061) for the maximum gain.

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Your private MySpace.com page may not be as private as you thought. Here you can learn how to view private MySpace pages and concerns about your privacy.

Recently we discussed the reasons for law students to Delete Your MySpace Page if it contains content not intended for a professional community of attorneys and potential clients. Then we mentioned an alternative: You could Set Your MySpace Page to ‘Private’

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Perhaps, in the future, hackers may find ways to access the entire contents of private MySpace pages.

MySpaceThe Lesson: What you post on the Internet may eventually be public information.

Update: MySpace no longer allows users to view comments on private pages. MySpace fixed this security loophole. But learn what else you can do with MySpace here: MySpace Tips and Tricks.

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Law students interested in a judicial clerkship may be interested in this blog which contains notes from other law students regarding whether judges are hiring and related information about particular clerkship openings. Law students anonymously report on the blog for the benefit of other law students. You can also view last year’s blog to see the type of information it provided to students seeking judicial clerkships last year. (Source: 3L Epiphany blog)

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Judicial ChambersDon’t forget to be checking the judicial clerkships websites if you are a 3L and interested in serving as a judicial clerk after law school graduation.

Federal court clerkships continue to be posted as courts announce their openings. State court clerkships vary state-to-state.
For more information and links to judicial clerkship websites, visit this article:

Why Law School Students Seek Judicial Clerkships

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