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I have a professor from my law school who I am still in touc dcgootle08/10/17
No, it's not worth asking. The school will not change the g caj11108/10/17
Did you graduate from an unaccredited law school? Asking the isthisit08/10/17
I think your question disqualifies you from the clerkship. lolwutjobs08/10/17
Kept scrolling for this response. Done. tacocheese08/10/17
I agree with polishing off your resume and tightening up you thirdtierlaw08/10/17
dcgootle (Aug 10, 2017 - 2:14 pm)

I have a professor from my law school who I am still in touch with even 4 years out. He has recommended a few students, including me, for a federal clerkship. I have never thought of myself as even being remotely qualified for this, and objectively, I have a garbage resume where there is quite a bit of hopping (I bear some culpability for this with some difficult job situations where I didn't put forth my best). I have done a lot of doc review in this time, but I think I can cover it up in my resume.

I also have one really, really bad grade from my last semester, and I just don't know how to overcome that in my resume. Is it worth taking a shot at asking the school to change the grade since it's so far out and really won't be of consequence to the curve as it existed at the time of graduation?

I realize this sounds kind of silly, but I don't know many, if any, people will put themselves out there for me like this professor has.

Any advice is helpful.

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caj111 (Aug 10, 2017 - 2:22 pm)

No, it's not worth asking. The school will not change the grade. I could go into why, but I think you know answer already.

In any case, I would still go for the federal clerkship. It's probably a long shot, but if you can get a recommendation from a professor who is well-known enough I would go for it. I don't see the harm in that.

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isthisit (Aug 10, 2017 - 2:45 pm)

Did you graduate from an unaccredited law school? Asking the school to change your grade is a laughable question.

It sounds like you have low self esteem. Polish off ye ole resume and writing sample and send it in.

The worst that can happen is that they say no. And at best, they say yes, which pretty much turns your career around.

You have nothing to lose.

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lolwutjobs (Aug 10, 2017 - 4:28 pm)

I think your question disqualifies you from the clerkship.

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tacocheese (Aug 10, 2017 - 6:25 pm)

Kept scrolling for this response. Done.

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thirdtierlaw (Aug 10, 2017 - 4:34 pm)

I agree with polishing off your resume and tightening up your writing sample. I suspect you came from a decent school if the judge is asking your professor for recommendations. Either that or the judge and your professor go way back. Either way that is a good thing. Depending on the judge, as long as you're above a minimum level of competence they'll consider you as a candidate.

So apply and see what happens. Maybe you get an interview and really hit it off.

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