Derek Muller has created an interesting ranking of law schools - top to bottom - based on the percentage of the class landing federal clerkships (2011-13). What's most intriguing about this list isn't that there is small cadre of schools that vastly overplace in these positions, vis-a-vis the rest of the competition (yes, I'm talking about you Yale, Stanford and...UC Irvine?). Rather, it's the stories that go on further down the ranks that are more intriguing.
Dominant regional schools - irrespective of US News ranking or peer surveys - can place decently when it comes to Federal clerkships. For example, Montana, Arkansas, Richmond, LSU, Mississippi, and Memphis, among others, all put a good number of people in these jobs.
On the other hand, schools that are well ranked but non-dominant regionally (think BU or Wash U) didn't excel in this list. And schools that got a big boost from their mergers with prestigious state universities (think Penn State and Michigan State) performed more in line with their historical identities.
As you hear prospective students debating whether to go to Columbia or NYU to maximize chances for a Federal clerkship, you might tell them to Alabama or Georgia - they'll have just as a good a shot.
H/T Paul Caron