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In Frenzied Free-for-All Judges Use Exploding Offers to Vie for Clerks; Efforts Start 'At Birth'


When it comes to competing for law clerks, the rules are optional for a number of arbiters of the law in well-regarded courts.

Vying to lock up the best and the brightest law students, some judges shamelessly violate the Sept. 15 deadline for starting the interview process, for instance, reports the New York Times (req. req.). By 9:45 a.m. that day, many federal judges in downtown Manhattan had not only completed interviews but extended offers.

So-called exploding offers and Godfather offers (those you can’t refuse) are commonplace terms.

Asked when he starts the recruiting process for his own clerks, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco replied: “At birth.”

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