As a former clerk at the Supreme Court, Paul-Erik Veel gets plenty of questions from law students who are thinking about clerking. Students are especially drawn to Veel because he’s a partner at Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP, one of the country’s best litigation boutiques. Clearly, clerking paid off for him.
So it sounds like clerking is perfect for would-be litigators?
“Clerkships have the most obvious benefits for people interested in litigation,” says Veel. “It gives you the opportunity to see first hand how judges think and what is persuasive to them.” It’s no surprise, then, that litigation boutiques love hiring former clerks.