Landing a Clerkship

Clerkship Kickoff advises students on gaining a competitive edge in the run for the coveted credential

gary e hicksIn early November, BU Law's Career Development Office hosted its first Clerkship Kickoff to underscore the value of judicial clerkships in a dynamic legal career. Students from every year attended to learn about the various experiences BU Law offers that could help them gain a competitive advantage in landing one of these highly sought-after positions and to mingle with faculty, staff and alumni who have clerked in the past.

The Honorable Gary E. Hicks ('78), senior associate justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, was the evening’s keynote speaker. After sharing his experiences from his career, Justice Hicks discussed the long- and short-term advantages of a clerkship, what he looks for when hiring clerks, and the tasks he typically assigns to them. He emphasized that because they are such highly regarded and valuable legal positions, a clerkship does not need to be in the region where one will ultimately practice.

Recent graduates Claire Superfine Schneider (’10) and Alistair Reader (’11) also shared how their clerkships have impacted their careers.

Superfine Schneider served as a law clerk to the Honorable Richard G. Stearns of the U.S. District Court - Massachusetts, Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall of the Mass. Supreme Court, and Associate Justice Fernande R.V. Duffly of the Mass. Appeals Court. Explaining that clerking is the best job for a recent graduate, she discussed how, because of her clerkship experience, she has been given increasing responsibility at her firm. She is currently an associate in the Litigation/Controversy department at WilmerHale.

Reader clerked for U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young in the District of Massachusetts. He revealed that though he was initially not interested in applying to clerkships, he is now thankful that he received this valuable experience. Reader is now an assistant attorney general and fellow at the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General.

Students also learned about the numerous opportunities BU Law offers to help them become highly competitive candidates when applying for clerkships. In addition to the popular judicial externship program and summer judicial internship options, students can gain rich, relevant experience through clinics, Semester-in-Practice opportunities, journals, service trips, and other skill-building programs.

The event demonstrates BU Law’s commitment to helping students leverage all of the opportunities available to them during law school, as well as the vast alumni network, to earn the most sought-after jobs available to new attorneys.

Reported by Katie Wurtzel
November 22, 2013

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