Which Law Schools Produce More Clerks?

As expected, the top four schools for clerkships – Yale, Stanford, Harvard, and the University of Chicago – also ranked in the top four in U.S. News’ latest law school rankings. Overachieving schools include the University of Notre Dame, the University of Georgia, and the University of Alabama, whose percentages of Federal clerks belie their rankings. Ironically, New York University, despite ranking #5 overall, didn’t make the list. Despite their Washington D.C. location, neither the Georgetown Law Center nor George Washington University cracked the top 20, either.
At the state and local level, New Jersey is the place for earning clerkships, with the top three spots owned by both Rutgers law schools (Camden and Newark) and Seton Hall University. Remarkably, over a third of each of their classes end up clerking at either the Federal or state and local level.  Here are the top 20 schools for clerkships at the state and local levels:

School 2015 Best Law Schools rank Percent 2012 employed J.D. grads with federal judicial clerkships Percent 2012 employed J.D. grads with state and local judicial clerkships
Rutgers University (Camden) 81 2.30% 42%
Rutgers University (Newark) 83 1% 33.20%
Seton Hall University 68 2.20% 33.10%
University of Hawaii-Manoa 100 2.40% 28%
University of South Dakota 145 0% 20.60%
University of Nevada-Las Vegas 83 2.30% 19.50%
University of South Carolina 93 3.10% 19.40%
University of Colorado (Boulder) 43 2.50% 19%
University of Montana 121 6.30% 18.80%
University of Oregon 100 2.70% 17.70%
Howard University 135 1.60% 17.60%
University of Baltimore 135 0.70% 17.00%
University of Kentucky 58 3.60% 16.50%
Southern University Law Center Not Ranked 0% 16.50%
University of Maryland (Carey) 46 3.80% 16.50%
Penn State University (Dickinson) 51 0% 16.30%
University of Arizona (Rogers) 40 3.20% 16.10%
University of Maine 129 1.60% 15.90%
University of Idaho 118 1.00% 15.60%
Roger Williams University Not Ranked 0% 15.30%

Source: U.S. News and World Report
Source: U.S. News and World Report

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