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Tai Lui Tan L'04 is having one of the best years of her life. She is fresh from a clerkship with Judge Diane P. Wood on the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
The experience? Fabulous.
The judge? Brilliant.
The benefits of a clerkship? Priceless.
"I never imagined it could be this satisfying," said Tan, from Judge Woods' chambers in Chicago in April. "I really wish more people would think about clerking."
Dean Michael A. Fitts seconds the motion, and is leading an effort to bring out the inner law clerk in more students at Penn Law. With the guidance of a top-notch Clerkship Committee, Penn Law faculty and staff work closely with students — and alumni — to attain premier clerkships.
"Our goals are to find the best possible match for every law student and alum seeking a clerkship, and to encourage more of our extraordinary students and alumni to pursue this worthy path," says Fitts. "I benefited immensely from my own clerkship experience, and I know the professional and personal value that clerking holds for a lawyer." Fitts clerked for Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., on the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals from 1979 to 1981.