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As a professor and former judicial law clerk with a background in psychology, law and business, I believe education is empowering. The schools you went to should not define your options, limit your future or be an elite gateway to attaining a judicial clerkship. Self-knowledge and dedication -- along with some key information -- are even more important to making your dreams a reality.
My goal is to introduce you to the court system and world of the judges, to provide legal resources, and to support your quest for the perfect clerkship. That's why I wrote the book on judicial clerkships and the courts for law students. We will work to forge new paths in the courts of law that will enable you to find the judicial clerkship of your dreams!
In addition to being a national expert on the courts and judicial clerkships, Debra Strauss is a Professor of Business Law at Fairfield University, Charles F. Dolan School of Business, where she teaches courses in the legal environment of business, international law, and law and ethics.
A graduate of Yale Law School and Cornell University (B.A. Psychology), Debra Strauss has more than a dozen years of experience as a Federal law clerk for two clerkship terms (former Chief Judge, Southern District of New York); in private practice at a prominent New York law firm; and as Director of Judicial Clerkship Counseling and Programs at Yale Law School. She established the judicial clerkship program there, which resulted in a record number of Yale students obtaining clerkships.
She then served as Project Director of the National Judicial Clerkship Study, on behalf of the National Association for Law Placement and the American Bar Association, and authored the report on the study, published as Courting the Clerkship: Perspectives on the Opportunities and Obstacles for Judicial Clerkships (National Association for Law Placement, Oct. 2000).
In addition, as adjunct professor and director, she developed the Federal Judicial Extern Honors Program at Pace University School of Law.
Professor Strauss is the author of numerous articles on diversity issues and the courts, judges, legal resources on all aspects of judicial clerkships, as well as the definitive book in this area -- Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships. Her scholarship includes notable publications on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), food safety, and global security.
Debra Strauss also provides consulting services for law schools, legal organizations, and the judiciary.
Coming soon! Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships, Third Edition (West Academic Publishing 2023)
Author Debra M. Strauss, J.D. explains all aspects of clerkships in this newly revised edition. The book provides updated information and resources as your go-to source on judicial clerkships, focusing on what clerkships are, what kind of work clerks do, why you should apply, how to find and apply for the type of clerkship that would be right for you, how to give a strong interview, and why clerkships give you stellar credentials that prospective employers will actively seek out.
Behind the Bench: The Guide to Judicial Clerkships is filled with nuts and bolts advice on all elements of the application process, including building a successful application, interviewing, etiquette of offers and acceptances, and special strategies designed to help you in your quest for the perfect clerkship. To further lay the groundwork for a positive experience, this title also features an exclusive section on how to prepare for your clerkship.
The third edition adds current developments such as remote interviews and the virtual clerkship experience; recent data on women and minorities in clerkships; new Supreme Court feeder judges along with statistical analysis on the trends; and extra resources for further reading. As an entrée into the world of the courts, this is an indispensable handbook for every law student and potential judicial clerk!
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