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However, for recent grads and alumni alike, "clerking may be a short-term financial sacrifice but, over a long career, that intellectual experience and those connections more than make up for that shortfall," says Assistant Professor Theodore Ruger. He adds that most firms offer seniority credit for years spent clerking, and sometimes financial bonuses as well.

Clerkship Counseling
Penn Law is the first school to offer an applicant packet service. Career Planning and Placement collates and sends applicants’ resumes, transcripts, and writing samples with a cover letter from Dean Fitts and a faculty brochure. (All for just $2 per application.) “Judges love this,” says Diane Downs, associate dean of Career Planning and Placement. “The reams of important material come to them well-organized and well-prepared.”
Career Planning maintains databases of federal and state courts and judges for student use.
As a member of the National Association of Law Placement, Downs sat on the advisory committee developing guidelines for on-line applications, a growing trend, to be piloted by the Administrative Office of the Courts in 2005-06. Career Planning will train interested students and alumni to use the on-line application system.
Career Planning maintains a listserve for students to exchange information about interviews and decisions, and provides a daily spreadsheet of judges who have accepted Penn Law applicants (with names kept confidential).
Penn Law helped develop new software for students to manage their own list of judges.
Penn Law’s librarians offer training in research so students can hit the ground running as clerks.
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