Volume 10, Issue 3
Dear Equity Uncle,
I don’t actually go to the MLS, or any law school for that matter, but I accidentally stumbled across the De Minimis website when searching for Latin phrases to get tattooed onto my biceps. Needless to say, I found your column to be an absolute goldmine. What’s all this about clerkships though? Should I be applying?
Equity has always known his reach exceeded that of the law, but delights nonetheless in hearing your appreciation.
You may be surprised to hear that Equity himself once considered getting some ink, but thought it unfair to pick just one tired maxim, and couldn’t afford to get the lot.
To begin, Equity will give a quick summary of the clerk for those not quite as boned up as yourself, Maximus.
The clerk is the ultimate student, the übermensch (or überwensch) of the legal world. Picture, if you will, the lovechild of Justices Deane and Gummow, birthed on the original exchequer table of the Court of Chancery and wrapped in the handwritten judgment of Lord Denning in Solle v Butcher. Then you’re getting close.
Both the clerk and his owner understand that equity follows the law; that to be fair, one must be just; and that justice invariably involves intense, all-or-nothing competition for a limited number of prized opportunities to further enrich the wealthiest amongst us.
Should you apply? Of course you should. As someone who never studied law, you are uniquely placed. Clerking has very little to do with the philosophical foundations of the law – an attribute Equity shares and admires.
How many should you apply for? Ten? Twenty? A hundred? Equity delights to do justice, but not by halves. Be sure to tick off every box in the LSS clerkship guide.
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