Summary: What things can you do to maximize the value of judicial clerkship or other government experiences in preparing for private practice?
Assuming that you are interested in private practice after your government service or clerkship, what things can you do to maximize the value of such experiences in preparing for private practice?
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Begin with the recognition that most law firms view government service and clerkships as quite valuable. Indeed, most law firms give full credit for years in government service or a clerkship, as equivalent to years you might have spent as an associate in the firm. Some firms, moreover, pay bonuses (especially to clerks) for signing on to start a private practice career at one of those firms.