Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships,
by Debra M. Strauss, J.D.
- West Academic Publishing 2017
- ISBN: 9781628103823
- 360 pages
- Softbound: $23 (US$)
- e-book: $17.25 (also available for Kindle)
They say that behind every great
judge is his or her law clerk. A clerkship offers a unique opportunity
to glimpse behind the scenes into the practical workings of a judge's
chambers and courtroom, to impact the law through the judge’s
decision-making, and, ultimately, to gain a lifelong mentor. A key
credential for future law practice in any area, a judicial clerkship
is itself a valuable life experience.
With all of the courts and clerkship opportunities out there, where
do you begin? This comprehensive guide takes you on an incredible
journey through the maze of courts and clerkships, and helps you
to assess the factors that are most important to you in choosing
the best court and judge for you.
Drawing on the author’s substantial experiences as a former
federal law clerk, director of judicial clerkships at Yale Law School,
and author of the National Judicial Clerkship Study, she presents
data and valuable advice for prospective judicial clerks. Also included
are insights drawn from multitudes of interviews with other former
law clerks, legal practitioners, and judges across the country.