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Hiring a law clerk

So, after all the law clerks my boss selected this year turn princethedog04/20/17
You run the real risk of a "hometown kid" going from "law cl vohod04/20/17
Thank you, as a point of clarification on my end I work in a princethedog04/20/17
Ohhhh. I think the only major risk you run is a licensed att vohod04/20/17
Have you contacted the career services offices of local law mrtor04/20/17
Funny you should say this. My boss tried to hire out of his princethedog04/20/17
Sounds like he wants something he can't have. On the other h mrtor04/20/17
I agree wholeheartedly. I was hired by the leadership of th princethedog04/20/17
Lol this reminds me of online dating. triplesix04/20/17
princethedog (Apr 20, 2017 - 11:01 am)

So, after all the law clerks my boss selected this year turned us down for more lucrative gigs, I've been put in charge of finding a clerk. I'm a 2015 grad and have been here since graduating. Boss doesn't care if I find one or not as the law clerk mainly benefits me in the fact that they do all the menial research work I routinely have to do.

Looking this late in the game I've gotten some pretty terrible applications, however I've gotten a fair number of apps from recent law grads who have nothing lined up (from the local market). Would it be politically fraught or bad for me if I called in one of these individuals for an interview. Edit, by hiring a law clerk close to my age am I creating a competition issue? Also, I did not go to school in this market. Thanks

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vohod (Apr 20, 2017 - 11:10 am)

You run the real risk of a "hometown kid" going from "law clerk" to getting your cases if you hire a licensed attorney. He could start bringing folks in to sign up and I doubt your boss cares enough about you to make his referrals use you.

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princethedog (Apr 20, 2017 - 11:13 am)

Thank you, as a point of clarification on my end I work in a legal department of a statewide organization. So General Counsel's office.

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vohod (Apr 20, 2017 - 11:17 am)

Ohhhh. I think the only major risk you run is a licensed attorney will quit as soon as they find a new offer. A now-2L may stay on well after they pass the bar (~2 years)

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mrtor (Apr 20, 2017 - 11:18 am)

Have you contacted the career services offices of local law schools? They may still know of and be able to direct some higher quality candidates your way. I would avoid unemployed graduates like the plague. They are hungry for a permanent job and could create more trouble than they're worth for you (i.e., sucking up to your bosses, making themselves look good at your expense, etc.).

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princethedog (Apr 20, 2017 - 11:21 am)

Funny you should say this. My boss tried to hire out of his alma matter and wasn't satisfied with any of the people they gave him or the ones he loved went to better jobs. I've reached out now to the local school and my alma matter, so far no luck.

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mrtor (Apr 20, 2017 - 11:28 am)

Sounds like he wants something he can't have. On the other hand, a lot of talented people put together embarrassingly terrible resumes and cover letters. Some simply don't understand the appropriate content and formatting, others fail to grasp or are self-conscious about marketing themselves. I think interviews and writing samples are more useful for hashing out whether a candidate is qualified and a good fit for the environment.

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princethedog (Apr 20, 2017 - 11:35 am)

I agree wholeheartedly. I was hired by the leadership of the organization (not general counsel) for geographic diversity and then really just thrust upon him. None of the other attorneys wanted to make regular trips upstate. Luckily I fit decently well, though I doubt I would have been his first choice.

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triplesix (Apr 20, 2017 - 11:28 am)

Lol this reminds me of online dating.

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