Back in May, I blogged about the coming judicicial clerkship application crush. I predicted that there would be a surge of applications from those many highly qualified students facing deferred offers from top shelf firms. This analysis wasn't rocket science, but I hadn't heard anyone else make this claim...and I was a bit worried I'd later be proved an idiot.
Alas, it now appears my prediction was right. According to BLT, there was a 42% increase in the number of people applying online for Federal clerkships this year. We don't have any data about the effects of this shift. I'm wondering which schools absorbed the biggest impact of this brutally competitive market: the super elite law schools - and particularly those students who aren't at the top of the class - or the strong regional schools that normally snag local clerkships, but might now be losing these slots to super elite schools.
Does anybody have a sense of this - even anecdotally?