A judicial clerkship is an invaluable experience that provides great training and opportunity for growth for all lawyers, regardless of practice area. Here are a few more specific reasons to pursue a clerkship.
You will be a better lawyer after you clerk:
- You see a variety of cases with different substantive law and procedural issues that
- Improve your general knowledge of the law.
- Help 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 levels, 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 future 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.
- 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.
- 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 also be more competitive for post-graduate fellowships, scholarships, internships and government honors programs.