wsag826 wrote:0L here. Do federal clerkship percentages matter on the same level that employment numbers do? Certainly they're prestigious but (i) do these clerkship percentages reflect people who are clerking in the 2016-17 year or beyond but are doing a legal fellowship or another JD job first; and (ii) if it is so hard to secure a federal clerkship in the first place, doesn't it kind of make the fed. clerkship %s in the top ten less of a big deal? Just wondering.
Side note, Cornell is doing fantastic. Small class size seems to work very well for them. And I think it should be CCNP at this point in time given Penn's numbers. Or maybe even CCP.
Clerkships in general are so tough to get that you shouldn't go into law school with the assumption that you will one of the few lucky people to get one. Outside of the T14, I think the clerkship rates matter because the people who go on to clerk probably could have landed a Biglaw job if they had wanted one. Also, I think that they give you an idea of how well a school is perceived by the legal community. A school that approaches a 10% rate is going to be more prestigious than a school that hovers around 3% every year.
All that being said, yeah, I don't think you should be going to ND or Emory at sticker just because they have a 7 or 8% clerkship rate.