I currently am a 3l at an average (tier 3) lawschool. I'm in the top 15% and on Law Review, and had my L. Rev. Candidate paper chose for publication. However, although I have applied for several Federal District Court clerkships, I am fairly sure I won't land anything due to my school's status. My question is, if I can land a State Appellate/Supreme court clerkship, will this help as leverage for a later Federal district court clerkship, or should I simply forget about Federal clerkships altogether?