The Brainalist wrote:Blessedassurance wrote:Kronk wrote:Blessedassurance wrote:
no. what do you think the clerks go on to do?
Get bonuses from the big law jobs they already had or get offered better big law positions that they would have previously. Definitely harder to get and more prestigious. Whether or not they are "better" is probably personal, but they're certainly seen that way.
the bonuses are not really relevant. besides the fact that not all firms offer the bonus, even when they do, most come out worse off financially. if it leads to better biglaw, then biglaw > clerkship.
it's also entirely useless for transaction. it's just something law students like to salivate over due to their inherent need to unnecessarily strive.
I tend to agree. Clerking isn't a career, it's a resume' line. Clerks do the same stuff other people do, but with longer resumes, basically.
It isn't always an indicator of better job prospects. You'd be surprised the number of people who do clerkships because they get no-offered or bombed out of 2L interviews. Although it often gives another chance at getting those entry-level positions, I'm also not sure how much it helps beyond that because the top firms are still looking at grades and journal work. If you didn't meet the minimum standards before, a clerkship doesn't always fix it. Often it's correlated with acheivement, but doesn't necessarily cause it.
It may matter a lot more as experience for jobs that expect you to hit the ground running, though, like government or boutique firms. Those don't seem to be highly valued by ATL, however.
RE: Government & Boutique Firms, I believe the LST guys made a post about that category is difficult to parse some of the categories, like with the business category. Obviously MBB and BB IB is a tremendous outcome from LS and will tend to favor T6 schools and the schools with prestigious JD/MBA programs. However, I side with the LST mindset of it is best to stay as conservative as possible when viewing the stats; if that means not counting some good outcomes that would be tough to do for every single school, so be it.