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The University of Chicago Law School continued its streak for a second consecutive year of placing more students into federal clerkships than any other law school. Almost 28% of its graduates attained one of these prestigious one-year positions. By comparison, only about 3% of all JD graduates secure a federal clerkship.

The school with the second highest percent of federal clerkships was Stanford Law School with nearly 27%. Yale Law School finished third with 20% of its graduates securing a federal clerkship.

Federal clerkships have long been viewed as very prestigious. BigLaw pay bonuses of over $100,000 for new associates who have completed a federal clerkship. The clerkships are also seen as a key stepping stone to law school professorships.

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