fortissimo wrote:CyLaw wrote: Clerkships are likely due to self selection.
As opposed to big law...? Clerkships are by far the most prestigious jobs you can get straight out of law school. They require the highest grades (usually top 15%) plus recommendations. They also open up doors for the DOJ and other prestigious federal jobs, which require clerkships to be considered as a serious applicant.
I'm not saying that Cornell students would do better at Clerkship interviews than Yale students, I am just saying that students that go to cornell probably self select into New York Big Law than anything else.
Clerkships may be more prestigious and may lead to better DOJ opportunities, but if someone is pursuing money, then why not just go straight into Big Law?
Cornell also only has 4-6 people per year go into PI, that doesn't mean it is a bad school for PI. Just that most Cornell students don't select to go PI
Edit. Also 17 out of 195 Cornell grads last year got clerkships.