Well I'm kinda bummed out, and I figured that a vaguely anonymous message board is as good a place as any to try to drum up some sympathy Last Thursday I was informed that I had been selected for an externship with the Court of Appeals for the Western District of Tennessee. I am currently waiting to find out if I am going to be hired as a law clerk for the Judge running the externship, so this was going to be my chance to do an amazing job, score some extra points, and get the actual job. Yesterday I got a call from the U.S. Attorney's office for Tennessee. I was also selected to do an externship with them, and they needed some information to begin processing a background check. I explained that I had already accepted an externship with the Court of Appeals, and that I was sad to say I would have to reject them. Can anyone guess where this is going? This morning I got an email from the Court of Appeals. A few months ago, one of the Justices from the Court of Appeals passed away. They have found a replacement. The replacement Justice needs the space that was to be used for the extern (me). The externship has been cancelled. I called back the U.S. Attorney's Office on the off chance they haven't found someone to replace me - after all, it has been less than 24 hours. Naturally, this wasthe one time bureaucracy moved quickly, and the spot has been filled. So sad. If only my externship had been cancelled one day sooner.