How To Land Your Dream Job As a Law Clerk

If you’re a law student who’s dreamed of landing a job as a clerk, the time is now. In fact, if you know exactly what kind of clerk you want to be, where you want to do it, and how long it will take for them to hire you you can have that job in six months!

The best part about my job is that I get to work on cool cases that are worth fighting over. 

For example: last week I helped write an amicus brief supporting the position that states should not be able to prevent their citizens from accessing birth control because of religious reasons (hint: affirmative ruling pending).

Think About Your Career Goals

What Are Your Career Goals?

While you may be thinking that you want a law clerk job in order to get your foot in the door of the legal profession, this isn’t necessarily true. In fact, it is entirely possible that there is already a law firm out there that would be interested in hiring you as an associate attorney.

Your first step should be to figure out what type of law practice or firm best aligns with your interests and career goals. Do some research online or speak with someone who works at one of these types of organizations; 

They can tell you about their experiences and help guide your decision-making process when it comes time for making an application for a position at their company. 

If there are no suitable positions available at any firms close by where you currently live or work, consider considering moving somewhere where there might be more opportunities on offer (i.e., if everyone who works at big law firms in Los Angeles were all located within walking distance from each other, how many people would move there?).

Use Your Network

As you can see, there are many different ways to land your dream job as a law clerk. But the most important thing is to use your network. 

In other words, make sure you are connecting with the right people in order to get where you want to go and make use of all the opportunities that come your way.

This is also important when looking at jobs that are a good fit for you because if someone knows someone who works at a certain firm or company, then they can give them a recommendation for an interview or even get their foot in the door for an initial job interview!

Focus On Quality, Not Quantity

When it comes to your job search, it’s important to focus on quality rather than quantity. This means you should avoid sending out a lot of applications without putting much thought into them. 

You want to send out applications that are targeted to the job and tailored to fit the company.

The most common mistakes people make when applying for jobs include:

  • Sending generic cover letters and resumes
  • Not customizing their resume or cover letter for each position they apply for
  • Not tailoring their application materials (resume, cover letter) based on what they know about the company

When To Start Looking

It’s never too early to start looking for your dream job. Don’t worry about how far away it feels, or how much time you’ll have left to do everything else in life you need to get done before then. If you want something badly enough, it will happen if you work hard enough.

The best advice I can give is that when the timing feels right for you, start looking for jobs as early as possible and keep on doing so until the last minute of your clerkship (or internship).

Don’t Undersell Yourself

We’ve all heard that the first impression is the most important one. But what does this mean for you, as a law clerk candidate? It means that you need to be your true self to land your dream job.

There’s nothing wrong with being humble and modest when asked about yourself, but if someone asks you what makes them want to hire YOU, don’t be afraid to show off a bit! 

You should tell them how much experience and education you have under your belt (or how many characters are left in your name). 

You should tell them exactly why they should hire you over any other applicant. And remember: Answering this question isn’t bragging; it’s simply telling people why they should consider hiring YOU for their position in particular.

Just remember not to sell yourself short when answering this question. If it feels like there are ways in which someone else could do better than YOU at the job (and there probably always will), then mention those things too! 

It’s okay if other candidates might be better suited for the position; just make sure that when explaining why those other people might be preferable candidates, stick solely to facts rather than making assumptions about someone else’s merits or capabilities based on stereotypes alone

Why Do You Want This Job?

You should be able to answer this question with a lot of enthusiasm. The interviewer will be listening to your passion and interest in the position. If you can’t think of any good reasons, or if everything else in your life is going well, then perhaps this job isn’t for you.

What Do You Hope To Achieve In This Job?

This is where you focus on what benefits the law firm would get from hiring you over someone else who has applied for the same position and what value could they gain from bringing on another new member of their team. 

Why are they better off than before having hired someone like yourself? You’ll also want to talk about how much value differentiates between successful lawyers (the ones working at this firm) and those who aren’t so successful anymore (they were working here once).

Research The Firm Or Company

Now that you’ve decided which firm to apply to, the next step is to learn as much as possible about that company. 

You need to understand what their clients do and how they work with those clients. You also need to know more about the firm itself, including its history, culture, values and mission.

These tasks can be accomplished through two methods: reading online content about the company and doing in-person research at your local library or law school resource center.

For example, if you want a job at a small Chicago-based law firm specializing in patent litigation (which involves lawsuits between patent owners).

Then one way of doing your research would be by looking up recent articles written by journalists covering this area of practice so that you understand what issues are currently being litigated by these attorneys.

This will give insight into whether such work interests your potential employer enough for him/her to consider hiring someone like yourself! 

The other method involves having access via physical location (or internet connection) where researchers can read texts ranging from biographies detailing lives lived during periods when relevant documents were written down through modern day newspaper articles telling readers what companies did yesterday/today etcetera…

Have A Positive Attitude

Be Enthusiastic

You’re not the only one applying for this job, so you need to stand out in a way that makes you memorable. 

One of the best ways to do this is by being enthusiastic about everything. Show your enthusiasm for the position, for what an amazing opportunity it is, and for how much you are going to enjoy doing it! 

You should be confident in your abilities and excited about being able to finally put them into practice on a daily basis. 

This will make you seem like someone who really wants their dream job and will appreciate every second they spend at work, which is exactly what any employer would want from their employees.

Possible Interview Questions And Answers

When you’re ready, you can share some of your answers with a potential employer by looking at this list of questions they might ask. 

These are standard interview questions that most employers use. You may find some overlap between the types of questions asked in different interviews, but each interviewer will likely have their own unique spin on things.

Don’t be afraid to throw in some extra information about yourself and your interests if the question doesn’t call for it! 

Use these opportunities to show off who you really are and what makes you tick the more comfortable an interviewer is with getting to know you as an individual, the more likely they’ll be willing to take a chance on hiring someone new.

Attitude Is Everything

When you are going into an interview, it is important to have confident body language. You want to make sure that your posture and facial expression reflect how excited and ready you are for this opportunity. 

Take a moment in the elevator or bathroom beforehand to look yourself in the mirror and imagine yourself getting hired. Assume that confident posture and hold it until it feels natural on its own!

You also want to be prepared for any questions about your experience, goals, skills, strengths, weaknesses anything that might come up during the interview process. 

Make sure to write out answers ahead of time so that all you have to do is pull them from memory when appropriate during the process; being able to respond quickly will show off how well-prepared you are for whatever may come up!

What You Need To Know To Land Your Dream Job

To land your dream job as a law clerk, you need to be prepared. The interview process is stressful and can be filled with unexpected questions and answers. Prepare yourself by learning more about the company or firm you are interviewing with. 

Know what they do, how they work, who their clients are and anything else that might help you get a leg up in the selection process.

You should also be confident when answering questions during an interview. 

Be sure to listen carefully to each question being asked of you so that there aren’t any misunderstandings later on down the road (such as thinking that asking about salary expectations means “how much money do I want?”).


We hope you found this guide to landing your dream job as law clerk helpful. If you want a job where you can make a difference, this is the one for you! And if not now, then maybe someday soon it will be…