A 'PRICELESS' EXPERIENCE
BY JENNIFER BALDINO BONETT
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What do judges look for? "Any judge who is looking at clerkship applications
will have a clear idea of what kind of person they are looking for,"
says Struve. "Some judges place more emphasis on grades than others.
All the judges that I know of care about research and writing, and some
scrutinize the writing sample more than others. Uniformly, clerks need
good judgment, an ability to manage tasks, and a willingness to work hard."
While clerking need not launch or define a legal career, faculty point
out that it can be a valuable experience for anyone interested in the
kind of training that only a clerkship can provide. "There are a
variety of experiences out there," says Roosevelt, "and I really
do tend to think there’s something for just about everyone."
journalist Jennifer Baldino Bonett, now a freelance writer and editor
specializing in higher education, served as director of external affairs
for former Penn President Judith Rodin from 1996-2000.