Maybe Lawyerdad will correct me but I think another way that's often overlooked is to work in the federal government (with major exceptions, ie DOJ, fed agencies are much less snobby about school rank) for several years, then do the standard thing that happens w/lobbyists and regulators where you switch to private sector representing companies against your old agency.
In this market, every federal agency job is highly coveted. I think federal judicial clerkship applications were up 66%. Another program which places some recent law grads with the federal government (the Presidential Management Fellowship) had over a 70% increase. I read this worked out to about a 10% placement rate.
The 'standards' (DOJ, FTC, IRS, SEC, etc) were all highly sought after as well. They tend to do on-campus interviews in the fall of the 3L year; which coincided this year with only about 3% of law firms doing 3L OCI (compared to nearly 40-50% in the boom years).