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  • Sunday, July 16, 2006
    One final clerkship thought.
    If I do not do it this year, the door is not permanently closed to me.

    Right now, I'm taking the Firm experience one step at a time. I have seen that most associates have a 2-5 year plan for the Big Firm Experience, and I'm pretty sure that's my approach as well.

    When and if it is time for me to leave the firm, and pursue a different [more meaningful] path for myself, I could then apply for a clerkship as a bridge into a new career. Apparently one very common path for those who leave the firm is Firm to Clerkship to U.S. Attorney's office. I'm really not thinking at this point that the U.S. Attorney's office is for me - but that's really not the point.

    At the same time, during a clerkship informational panel that the Summer Firm gave us a few weeks ago, they said the Firm does not want us taking off a year to clerk - they want us to do it NOW. If we were to try to do it later, we would lose our job, and then have to hope that they need/want you back when you're done. Whereas if you do it NOW, you are still guaranteed your spot (assuming an offer at the end of the Summer Program).

    I therefore do not feel that making this decision now means that I am permanently slamming a door shut.
    posted by Zuska @ 2:38 PM  
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