this thread became pretty hilarious since I last checked on it.
assuming the veracity of sparty's narrative for the sake of my analogy, I want to point out the fact that I read in an article the other day Brad Pitt was an extra, living in LA on nothing with all the other extras for like four years, before somebody "discovered" him. doesn't change the fact that going to LA without a plan (other than to be an extra for a while and hope something works out) is a good idea.
Sparty's story does bring me to an important point though regarding clerkship hiring. first, GPA matters a shitload more than what classes you take at the initial stages which, taken from a % selected standpoint, are by far the hardest. in my chambers and a couple others I know of, the first cuts are made purely on resumes and to a lesser extent CL's (and if you have somebody call in for you). That means that GPA trumps classes taken for this exceedingly important stage.
when transcripts are looked at (if they are looked at at all), it is only after the person is already selected for an interview. therefore, I would argue that one could get the judge/clerks to completely overlook any and all "cake" classes with a stellar interview.
for that reason, I recommend not letting LS turn you into one of those LS zombie/lemmings. Does it mean you should go on a crazy study abroad thing that my school wouldn't allow (I know because I asked)? unlikely, but maybe. most importantly, though, your sanity is worth far more in the clerkship hunt than the difference between like conflict of laws and i dunno prosecutorial ethics. can't get the job without presenting yourself as somebody the judge and the clerks wanna work with constantly for a year.
the reality, as all clerks know, is that once you get to the "real thing," you just end up re-learning the law from scratch or almost from scratch in the vast majority of situations anyway. you're not going to even attempt to rely on something you studied for a final a year ago when push comes to shove and you need to give your judge the right recommendation. you are going to re research all of it.
and, since that random preemption doctrine you may have learned and successfully applied on some made up fact pattern in LS is not going to count for anything, it follows (at least in my opinion) that the fact that you learned it at all should not matter that much [relative to other things on your ap] either.