In grazing through the charts, I notice that a large percentage of W&L grads get judicial clerkships after graduation.
Contrasting with Tulane, if one counts only the "biglaw or law firm" graduates, W&L places relatively badly. If one counts "biglaw or law firm or clerkship", the two place about the same percentage in the three groups combined, with W&L having about a 50% edge in the "biglaw" subcategory.
As an IP nerd, I'm not really aware of what judicial clerkships mean in terms of the general career ladder. Are they a step into politics, or government, or an intermediate stage in joining some biglaw firm and getting huge steaming wads of cash?
I guess what I'm wondering is, is this a major positive for W&L grads' chances, or is this a step down from obtaining a general small/medium law firm job?