Data from the most recent ABA Employment Report show that the Alabama Law Class of 2020 ranks 10th in the nation for federal clerkship placements*
*. This achievement, and the law school’s prior five year aggregate of a 13th place** national ranking, is the result of intensive recruiting from an Admissions Office that is committed to enrolling increasingly impressive classes of high-achieving students year-over-year; dedicated mentorship from talented professors, many of whom have performed their own clerkships in years past; and a very proactive Career Services Office that is continually helping our students find and prepare for these opportunities. None of which would be possible without the generous donations provided by our Law School alumni and friends. To steal from the proverbial phrase, it has taken a village to come this far.
In total, Alabama Law’s Class of 2020 had 15 students who earned federal clerkships and eight additional students who landed state clerkships. Below, a few of these students share their experiences:
Anne-Miles Golson | Clerked for Circuit Judge Andrew Brasher | U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
“Whether I was analyzing briefs, observing seasoned advocates during oral arguments, or reading the Judge’s work, I was constantly learning from some of the best legal minds. I cannot overemphasize the impact that experience has already had or the confidence it has given me as I transition into private practice.”
Shontel Stewart | Clerked for Associate Justice Sarah Stewart, Alabama Supreme Court
“I really enjoy clerking because of the relationships that are formed in close-knit chambers. I am grateful that, because of my experiences as a clerk, I will have a tool belt that is fully-equipped for legal practice. Nothing compares to the feeling of seeing a published opinion that you drafted quoted and relied upon in future cases.”
Atticus DeProspo | Clerked for Judge L. Scott Coogler, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama | Clerked for Judge Peter W. Hall, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit | Clerked for Judge Steven Menashi, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
“My clerkship experiences provided me with great institutional knowledge that will be helpful as I pursue a career as a litigator—which will require me to leverage these experiences when serving as an advocate for clients. Most importantly, I gained great mentors and role models who have supported and advised me as I make decisions about my legal career moving forward.”
Stephanie Avant | Clerked for Judge Madeline H. Haikala, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
“Not having to do the same thing day in and day out is undersold, because it makes you an outside-the-box thinker and that is what will set you apart from others who graduated with you or even before you.”
**Based on aggregate data from the past five published ABA reports.