Kimm Alayne Walton, J.D., author of the national best-seller
Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams, says:
“[T]he wonderful Debra Strauss . . . is
without question America’s judicial clerkship maven. She has
a new book coming out on judicial clerkships, called Behind
the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships, and if you’re
going to be doing a clerkship (or you’re thinking about looking
for one!) I strongly urge you to read it. Debra not only conducts
seminars around the country about judicial clerkships, but she’s
a former federal judicial clerk herself. If there’s anything
to know about judicial clerkships, she knows it!”
– in What Law School Doesn't Teach You...
But You Really Need To Know! 431-432 (Harcourt Legal &
Professional Publications, Inc. 2000)
Some Sample Comments. . .
From Law School Deans, Professors, and Career Services Professionals:
"Highly Recommended: . . .This
is a wonderfully written and fairly comprehensive resource for students
who are beginning their judicial clerkship exploration. The author
is a national judicial clerkship guru. Her book includes information
on the value of a clerkship, the keys to success in finding a clerkship,
an overview of the courts and clerkship opportunities, the nuts
and bolts of the application and interview process, and suggested
resources and tools for your search. . ."
“Written by a former judicial clerk, this
excellent book explains all aspects of clerkships-what they are,
what kind of work judicial clerks do, why you should apply, how
to find and apply for the court and clerkship right for you, how
to draft a successful application and give a strong interview, etc.”
- "In the book Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships,
author Debra Strauss provides an excellent description of the roles
of clerks within different courts. . . This is the most thorough resource
available geared toward students for judicial clerkships."
- "It is an excellent book, and I know it will really enhance
our students' understanding of clerkships. Very nice work."
- "Your book is a wonderful resource that every clerkship aspirant
should read cover to cover."
- "Indeed I do have multiple copies of your book and highly recommend
it to our students.”
- “[W]e have a GREAT book about applying for clerkships that
you really should read as soon as possible. . .”
"A recently published book, Behind the
Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships, by Debra M. Strauss,
an adjunct professor of law and co-director of the Federal Judicial
Extern Honors Program at Pace University School of Law, gives students
and law graduates significant guidance in how to negotiate the process
of applying for a clerkship." See Magistrate Judge Lisa Margaret
Smith, "Hiring Law Clerks," Federal Bar Council Newsletter,
Vol. IX, No. 5, p. 17, Dec. 2002.
- "Thank you for . . . the truly fine book. Apart from the quality
of the work, I was very touched by your dedication . . . " (A
U.S. Court of Appeals Judge)
- "Again, your book has been an enormous help with the entire
process. It's a great tool for students looking to know the ins
and outs of the clerkship process."
“GREAT BOOK, anyone who is serious about
applying for a clerkship MUST read Behind the Bench. I have researched
clerkships extensively for the last few months - manuals posted
online by law schools, books, websites, etc. - I thought I had
it all covered and was ready to go. Not the case--the book goes
above and beyond.”
- "First, let me say--THANK YOU FOR BTB! I purchased it 1/2
way through the initial application stages, 'adjusted fire' (as
we say in the military) on a few issues, and just accepted an offer
from a federal district judge. . . I can't wait to start my clerkship.
I attribute BTB for correcting more than a few mistakes BEFORE
I committed them. Thank you for your book! Anyone who reads it
will believe the same. . ."
- "In all honesty, I was a very long shot to get a federal
clerkship. Yesterday, my first-choice judge called and offered me
a position. It's district level, which I wanted because I want to
be a trial attorney. I couldn't be happier.
My school's CSO office was completely worthless in this endeavor.
In fact, my CSO advisor specifically told me that I shouldn't
apply for federal clerkships, as she considered me unqualified.
(Perhaps I'll thank her on Monday for the extra motivation that
her "advice" provided.)
The only real advice I ever had throughout the entire process
was your book and this forum. And practically everything I did
to get this clerkship was "by the book." What a fantastic
source of information. There's no way I could have gotten my clerkship
Thank you VERY much,
- A proud judicial clerk-to-be"
From Attorneys, Bar Associations, and Others:
- For a more detailed commentary, see the superlative book review
appearing on the web site IMDiversity.com
-- "Behind The Bench, The Guide To Judicial Clerkships:
Advice from the Leading Expert on Judicial Clerkships" -- which
highlights key attributes and gives the reasons why your research
should start with a careful reading of this book.
PLUS read the in-depth book review published
by the ABA Judicial Division Lawyers Conference
in the Judicial Division Record
, Vol. 6, Issue 3, Spring
2003, p. 18 -- Emily J. Barnhart, Publications Chair and Philadelphia
attorney writes: "I highly recommend Behind the Bench:
The Guide to Judicial Clerkships
not only as an indispensable
resource to law students about to embark on the quest for a clerkship,
but also to judges as a reference and to attorneys interested in
reconnecting with the judicial process and the administration of
justice." She describes the positive reception the book received
at the Midyear Meeting of the American Bar Association, including
comments from judges and prominent members of the ABA. For the full
article, click on ABA
- NEW! Look for the most recent book review appearing in
Student Lawyer, the magazine of the ABA Student Division
-- Schell, Julie, “Want a clerkship? An expert's book is certain
to help,” Student Lawyer, Vol. 32, No. 1, p. 14 (American
Bar Association Publishing, September 2003). According to Ms. Schell,
judicial clerkship program coordinator at Columbia Law School, "Strauss
covers just about everything you need to know to get started on the
path to a clerkship." She concludes, "the book is essential
for anyone who wants the lowdown on clerkships." To read this
review in its entirety, see Student
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