This group of law clerks from Cooley Law School in Michigan includes one with a very interesting and entrepreneurial background. Law students and lawyers who are business owners and those who practice or are interested in business law need not shy away from judicial clerkships.
Clerkships hone crucial legal writing skills that are necessary for successful transactional attorneys and litigators alike. Clerkships also develop a critical network of contacts for use throughout a lawyer’s professional career. The judge for whom a law clerk works is the first building block in that network, and, when the judge and law clerk have a good working relationship as it seems for instance in this case, the judge’s network can become the law clerk’s network. Clerkships also provide a critical insider’s look at how judges consider cases, including contract disputes. The law is the law, but every judge brings his or her own perspective to analyzing cases under the law. That perspective is reflected in legal outcomes that can have a significant impact on how corporations and individuals operate on a daily basis. Understanding that thought process helps former law clerks to make predictions and plan future behavior in compliance with the law.
Clerkships certainly are not for everyone, but don’t rule them out simply because of your selected field of practice.
Allison R. Brown, Esq. is the founder and principal of Judicial Clerk
Review. Allison graduated from Harvard Law School. After graduation,
Allison returned to her hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, and served two
judicial clerkship terms – first for the Indiana Supreme Court and
then for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Allison entered private practice at Crowell & Moring and served as a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section. She is also the President of Allison Brown Consulting (ABC), an education consulting firm in Washington, D.C.