A 'PRICELESS' EXPERIENCE
BY JENNIFER BALDINO BONETT
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Once a student or alum decides to apply for a clerkship, Penn Law is there.
In spring of the 2L year, the Clerkship Committee holds a formal clerk
application meeting to talk about types of clerkships, applications, recommendations,
and the intimate assistance that Penn Law offers. (See below)
Applications arrive in judges' hands the day after Labor Day. Judges review
applications during a "reading week" and begin interviewing
the following Monday. "It's an intense time and judges usually make
decisions pretty quickly," says Downs. "But the process goes
on continuously until end of the academic year since new judges are appointed
all the time."
Opportunities and Assistance for Alumni
Alumni seeking clerkships are part of a growing trend, says assistant
professor Kermit Roosevelt, chair of the Clerkship Committee.
"Now people are going to firms for one year more frequently,"
says Roosevelt. "In some cases, judges prefer that. In the same
way that clerking makes you a better lawyer, having practical experience
will probably make you a better clerk."
And Penn Law can help. "Penn Law is as eager to
support alumni as current students," says Diane Downs,
associate dean for career planning and placement.
Interested alumni can contact Downs at 215.898.7493 or