Judicial Clerkship Interviews 101: What to do Before, During, and After
September 17, 2012
If you have decided that you want to pursue a judicial clerkship, then congratulations! You're on your way to what most find to be a fulfilling and extremely useful experience. But now what?
If you're a newbie to the judicial clerkship interview process (which most law students are), then you're probably not sure what it will entail. In the article The Most Critical Thing to do Before Your Judicial Clerkship Interview, author Alison Monahan outlines how to gather information about the judge you will be interviewing with. The best way to do this is to find alumni who have previously clerked for the judge, and to ask them specific questions about their interview, the experience as a whole, and what the judge is really like.
Gathering information about the judge is important, but so is preparation for the actual interview. In another article, How to Ace Your Judicial Clerkship Interviews, Monahan explains what you should expect to be asked and gives specific examples on unusual things that might happen during the interview. One of the points Monahan stresses is to know your resume and application backwards and forwards, and be prepared to discuss it — all of it!
Don't forget that the CDO's event, "Clerkships: Your Backstage Pass to the Judicial Process," will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Classroom A. The event will feature Judge Morrison C. England, Jr., a McGeorge alum and judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California.