Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Law School Rankings: Federal Judicial Clerkships

Reuters, These Law Schools Sent the Most Grads to Federal Clerkships:

A relatively small number of law schools dominate the federal clerk hiring market. The 10 law schools with the highest percentage of federal clerks produced one-third of all clerks nationwide this year, according to the ABA figures.


Federal clerkships are prestigious, year-long positions that are viewed as key credentials for other sought-after jobs such as large firm associate positions and law professorships.

But relatively few law graduates have the opportunity to snag those jobs. The latest ABA data shows that just 3% of the 36,078 law graduates in 2022 are clerking for federal judges. The ABA figures do not break down clerks by race, but data from the National Association for Law Placement shows that 80% of 2021's federal clerks were white. Asian and Hispanic graduates each made up nearly 6% of those clerks, while 5% were Black.

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