Julia Kiraly doesn’t fit the profile of a judicial clerk, the Ivy Leaguer who jumps directly from law school to a judge’s chambers. After hopscotching from Venable to Hogan & Hartson and back to Venable in her first four years of practice as a litigator in Washington, D.C., Kiraly did the unthinkable for many young lawyers looking to scale the law firm ladder: She passed up a growing six-figure salary to clerk for Chief Judge Thomas Hogan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

However unconventional, Kiraly, now entering her second year clerking for Hogan, is emblematic of a growing number of lawyers leaving private practice to clerk on one of the most competitive circuit courts.

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