I understand what will increase the chances of landing a federal clerkship: high GPA and journal experience. But, how much does a school's ranking play into it? Does anyone know of a registry that tracks the schools attended by clerks working with certain judges? I'm currently trying to decide between Iowa (out of state, no scholarship) and a T3 with a full scholarship. The median and 75% starting salaries at the schools are about equal.I would like to do a district and/or circuit court clerkship. I'm leaning towards the T3 because, the way I see it, if I end up not having good enough grades at either school to get a clerkship, then I am better off being in debt only $40,000 (living expenses at T3) rather than $125,000 at Iowa. UNLESS, Iowa's higher ranking would provide an edge when applying for clerkships. Other than cost and ranking, the schools tie on the other important factors to me.Any ideas? Thanks!
Where do you want to have your clerkship? Neither Iowa nor a T3 will give you too many options nationally for federal clerkships, though if I had to choose I would say Iowa would be better of the two. Iowa probably places well with federal judges in Iowa and *maybe* the surrounding midwestern region, but outside of that you're probably going to have a tough time.
also, about your debt load, what is Iowa's policy on getting in-state tuition after 1L? This could reduce your debt...
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