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The Importance and Value of Judicial Clerkships - Why Clerk or Not Clerk

published February 15, 2018

David Dorion
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Summary: Clerkships are regarded as one of the highest and most noted achievements a law student can have throughout their three years of law school.
 
The Importance and Value of Judicial Clerkships - Why Clerk or Not Clerk
 
  • There is little doubt that a clerkship can markedly add to your law school career.
  • Clerkships are highly touted and looked upon very positively by many law firms.
  • In fact, newly hired associates who have experienced prestigious clerkships have received bonuses up to $500,000.
  • But be warned: To be offered a clerkship, you first better score very well on your LSAT, be a top-notch law student, as well as retain other law-related accolades under your belt.

Clerkships are regarded as one of the highest and most noted achievements a law student can have throughout their three years of law school.

Defined as an invaluable experience by many legal sources, including top law firms, clerkships provide real-world legal training and growth opportunity all lawyers can benefit from, regardless of their practice area.

A clerkship, essentially, spans a predetermined time of one to two years in which a law school student clerks for a judge. Those judges can be:
 
  • Appellate Judges
  • Federal State Judges
  • Federal Judges
  • Supreme Court Judges

The benefits of a judicial clerkship is that at the beginning of your law school career, a clerkship gives you the opportunity to experience and view the justice system from the perspective of a judge.

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