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Roosevelt reminds students that clerks don't just review documents, they draft opinions; clerks aren't at the bottom of the pecking order, they work hand-in-hand with judges; clerks aren't buttonholed into a specific area of law, they work on a wide range of legal issues — often novel ones.

Roosevelt reports that his own clerkships (with U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge Stephen F. Williams in Washington, D.C.) gave him lasting relationships in the judiciary and with his fellow clerks and "substantive knowledge" about the law, legal procedure, and the internal workings of the courts. "I got an understanding of the judicial process, the ways in which judges communicate with each other and reach a decision that you really can't get any other way."

Through presentations and meetings with individual students, Penn Law's Clerkship Committee shares the good word on clerkships. But the Committee doesn't stop there. Members actively advise applicants, assess their credentials, and work with them in every step of their application process.

Currently, about one-fifth of Penn Law's graduating classes take clerkships. Students place nationally, attaining the most sought-after clerk posts with the most respected judges. A considerable contingent clerks for judges in the highly respected trial, appellate and supreme courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware.
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