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I didn't say a commenter "set his career back two years by becoming a federal clerk." I said that "ID + federal clerkship" didn't provide much more advancement than "federal clerkship," and the roundabout means of the former was a career setback. I certainly don't think Adam Ciongoli is hurting his career by becoming a Supreme Court clerk at 37.


Point taken. Does anything provide much more advancement than a federal clerkship? Not from my p.o.v.

I hope you're wrong, Ted, about the "labels and prestige" issue, but my real point is that I'm afraid you're right, and I might have goofed.


Well, that depends. What do you want? Prestige or to help people?

Quote: I'm suddenly worried that I've tarred myself for life, having started with ID.

Not at all. You're getting the best experience right off the bat. You're learning the ropes in the beginning - when it counts the most. Without undue pressure, you're getting to know insurance adjusters and their annoying little quirks, what they really want and don't want. You'll not only learn the art of negotiation, but the art of negotiation from the side that has the upper hand. You'll come to recognize immediately when plaintiff's counsel is going down the wrong track in a deposition or at trial (and scoff silently to yourself, while maintaining your composure outwardly). I could go on.

These are all advantages some plaintiffs' lawyers can only dream about. Do good, and in a few years you'll find those same plaintiffs' firms will be thrilled to hire you away.

P.S. I'm not a lawyer, but I was a legal secretary for about 30 years.

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