For many third-year law students seeking a federal appellate clerkship the process is chaos, a 36-hour binge of interviews, dropped calls, letdowns and, with any luck, a job offer or two. The federal judiciary's effort to introduce some sanity into the hiring scheme has faltered, not least because judges, absent their robes, are fiercely competitive when it comes to selecting clerks. And a lot of those judges have agreed to disagree with hiring guidelines, says 10th Circuit Judge Michael McConnell.
Law Students Navigate Interviews and Cross-Country Travel to Get a Clerkship
October 16, 2007