The Supreme Court, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Summary List Placement

A Supreme Court clerkship is one of the most prestigious jobs a young lawyer can take. It can fast-forward careers and open doors to the highest levels of power.

Every year, the court chooses just a few dozen people out of the tens of thousands of the nation’s law students, lower-court clerks, and fledgling lawyers.

Clerks at the high court have gone on to become CEOs, senators, high-powered attorneys, and even returned as Supreme Court justices. Amy Coney Barrett — President Donald Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia.

“This is like the top .1% you could think of of the legal profession,” said David Lat, a lawyer who diligently tracked this term’s clerk hirings on the website Above the Law and on his Twitter feed at @SCOTUSAmbitions.

This year’s class of clerks includes a history-making editor of the Harvard Law Review, an Army vet, and a former White House and Justice Department counsel who defended the Trump administration against Democratic congressional oversight that spilled out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Nearly all the clerks in this term have held at least one clerkship with a lower-court judge, a stepping stone to …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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