Desert Fox wrote:I wouldn't base any decision on law school based on clerking (unless it was a tie breaker) for several reasons. You need good grades even from Harvard (obviously you need much better from NW), and it's really only something you do for a year or two. Clerking as the goal doesn't really make sense. It's really a means to an end.
But since the guy wants public service the right call is Harvard. They have an amazing loan forgiveness program and will place better than NW.
In 2010, HLS had 96 federal clerks out of 589 grads (16%). That means that clerkships are probably attainable from the top third or so. That makes it a realistic thing to gun for if you want jobs like eventually working in the judiciary.