The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median salary for a law clerk is $39,780 a year. I didn’t clerk because I had a job lined up and figured it would be best to get started. Is clerking a good idea? First, there is the obvious question: do you have a choice? If you don’t have a choice and clerking is your only option, you jump on that opportunity.
If you have choices, I think it really depends on the judge. Because the reports of the experience vary from “Awesome! Invaluable!” to “Torture!”