Which Law Schools Produce More Clerks?

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You’re slated to graduate near the top of your class. You ran the school’s law review. You dominated in moot court and earned recommendations as a summer intern.
Before you fill out your resume, you need to notch just one more achievement on your belt: A clerkship.
Yes, most law students dream of wielding influence, of being the voice in someone’s ear. But getting there is no walk in the park. Judges must sift through hundreds of applications. It isn’t easy to be that person with the right blend of academic acumen and experience (let alone a personal connection).
As a clerk, you’ll master procedure, research, and writing far faster than your peers. You’ll build a wide and influential network. Most importantly, you’ll gain an inside look at the law that makes you a valuable asset to many employers, according to the Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Judicial Clerkship Handbook:
“A clerkship allows a lawyer to view the system of justice from the perspective of the judiciary at the beginning of one’s career. To witness, and take part in, the judicial decision making process and the writing of court opinions, is simply an invaluable asset to anyone interested in understanding the law thoroughly and becoming an effective legal advocate. A judicial clerkship can be a valuable steppingstone for one’s career. You will be working closely with a distinguished member of the legal profession, from whom you can learn a great deal. Usually a judge develops a great deal of affinity for his or her clerks, and is eager to serve as a mentor for years to come. Further, few employers – firms, government, public interest, and the academy – are insensible to the educational benefit and the perspective gained from the clerkship experience. Many large law firms offer monetary bonuses to individuals who have previously clerked.”
So which law schools are best at placing students in clerkships? This week, U.S. News and World Report covered clerkships at the Federal, state, and local levels, focusing on the class of 2012.  Based on the percentage of a given class clerking at the federal level, here are the top 20 law schools for getting a Federal clerkship:

School 2015 Best Law Schools rank Percent of 2012 employed J.D. grads with federal judicial clerkships Percent of 2012 employed J.D. grads with state and local judicial clerk-ships
Yale University 1 36.30% 3.30%
Stanford University 3 29.10% 2.90%
Harvard University 2 18.50% 4.40%
University of Chicago 4 15% 1.90%
Duke University 10 14.30% 6.90%
Vanderbilt University 16 12.60% 4.90%
University of Virginia 8 12.60% 6.20%
University of Notre Dame 26 11% 2.40%
University of Pennsylvania 7 10.60% 3.80%
University of Georgia 29 10.30% 7.20%
University of Alabama 23 10.10% 3.20%
University of Michigan 10 9.60% 3.70%
University of Texas-Austin 15 9% 3.20%
Columbia University 4 8.10% 0.90%
University of Southern California (Gould) 20 7.90% 0%
Cornell University 13 7.30% 2.80%
University of California-Berkeley 9 7.10% 2.40%
Northwestern University 12 7.10% 2.20%
Washington & Lee University 43 6.90% 13.80%
Emory University 19 6.60% 4.30%
Wake Forest Univesity 31 6.60% 2.90%

Source: U.S. News and World Report
On the next page: top law schools for state and local clerkships.

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