General question for anyone: is it bad form to run out of class if I get a call from an unknown number in the areas where I applied for clerkships? Granted, this is likely just a fantasy, but I’m curious about what people think.
Navahs – In the fantasy where I get a call, I let it go to voicemail (even if I’m not in class) so I have a second to compose myself and get ready for the conversation. Though if the call came at the beginning of class, it’ d be rough to sit through the remaining 50 minutes and pay attention.
But yes, as Hamilton points out – this is a brutal year – on many fronts.
If the phone rings – you run out of class and answer it. Things are too competitive to miss the phone call. We’ve all heard of judges who will just move down the list to the next person that answers the phone without waiting for someone to call them back.
definitely agree with Hamilton…i’ve heard that a lot of judges won’t leave voicemails so you definitely want to answer when they call! I’ve had a couple profs already say that we’re welcome to step out of class if we get a call from a judge. What I’m worried about is what to do when I have class in the basement and get no reception (this is all in my fantasy world, of course).
Hate to break it for the “waiting by the phone club,” but that game came and went Friday morning. Maybe some judges are slow, but I can’t imagine that most judges would wait until this week. Judges that follow the plan line up their interviews on Thursday and Friday and do their hiring; if they don’t file the plan, they’ve probably already hired alumni. Of course there are a few exceptions–judges who will hire post-Plan–but most judges don’t because the top students will get snatched up on Thursday.
I think if you didn’t get a call the first week (and I didn’t), then it’s probably over. Maybe there are a few judges out there that haven’t gotten around to looking at apps, but if they want the top students, they jumped on it last week. Sure, I can dream that a judge may have been on vacation or perhaps someone he did interview turns him down for another clerkship and he must go back to applicant pool for another clerk (hey, I’ll take someone’s leftovers), but these are all unlikely scenarios.
On another sad note, I received a rejection letter dated Sept. 9th letting me know the judge had already hired her clerks. That judge was quick! I’m guessing she already knew who she wanted to hire and never touched those OSCAR apps.
My guess is that the judge completed his/her hiring long ago. It seems like that more and more judges are hiring alumni with 1-2 years work experience. The good news is that we can reapply in the spring for 2011-1012 clerkships and interview before next year’s 3L’s even apply.
I’m hesitant to be an optimist in this atmosphere, but I’m going to go ahead and say that you’re not completely screwed if you haven’t gotten a call yet.
Several judges who I applied to on OSCAR specified that they would contact applicants for interviews later in the fall – generally October.
Also, I’ve received a few letters basically saying that the judge is deciding anything yet, but they’ve received my application. I really don’t think all hope is lost yet for those of us without immediate phone calls.
I have to agree with Rachel. Given that many of these judges have very full dockets, I have to imagine that they have better things to do than clear their Friday morning to call law students. I think it’s especially true this year, when there are so many more applicants. But perhaps that’s just because I haven’t gotten any calls yet :)
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