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Can I Get a Clerkship for SCOTUS?

Unless you graduate at the top of an elite law school, statistics say you are not going to get a clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court.

The vast majority of Supreme Court clerks come from a handful of law schools -- mostly Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Stanford, and a mixed litter of others.

So how did Tiffany Wright -- a Georgetown night-school graduate -- get the job? Her story shows it's not just about who you know or what you know. It's who you are.

Psychic Lawyer Knew the Future for His Legal Career

Every lawyer is expected to opine about the outcome of a case, but not to make psychic predictions.

Attorney Steven F. Macek, however, is not like every lawyer. He is not like any lawyer because he is also a psychic.

"I do it more than law," he told the Boston Globe. Macek has an interesting side gig for an attorney, but then how does any lawyer know what they're going to do in the future?

How to Become a Judge the Easier Way

With apologies to all those who have tried really hard to become judges, there are easier ways to do it.

The reality is, the best law school grades, an illustrious trial practice, and a stellar reputation in the legal community alone won't qualify you to be a judge. How else can you explain that the U.S. Constitution requires none of the above to become a Supreme Court justice?

It comes down to this familiar adage: It's not what you know; it's who you know.

A few years ago, something unexpected started happening across the country: undocumented immigrants started seeking admission to practice law in the U.S..

Surprisingly, this even occurred before the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was even passed. Although there is no federal prohibition on state bars admitting undocumented immigrants, recently, the ABA issued a statement in support of a congressional resolution to amend the current relevant code section to provide even stronger protections for undocumented immigrants seeking admission to a state bar. As a result of DACA, many undocumented immigrants that are just reaching adulthood do not have to fear deportation.

It might be a bit of a far cry from Arlo Guthrie being asked if he'd rehabilitated himself after being a litterbug so that he could be drafted into the Vietnam War, but Reginald Betts, an ex-con like the most famous Guthrie, is being asked to prove his good moral character in order to be admitted to the state bar of Connecticut.

You see, Mr. Betts was convicted of something quite a bit worse than being a litterbug, and rather than being drafted, he is seeking to become a licensed attorney. However, Connecticut, like every other state, imposes that pesky moral character and fitness requirement, and if you have a conviction history, it can often be an insurmountable hurdle.

The new Senate Bill 1604, introduced in the Senate by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, seeks to inspire the best and brightest of the freshly graduated legal scholars to pursue jobs in politics. The Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Act, introduced as a bill on July 20, 2017, seeks to create a new way for lawyers to learn about the legislative process through apprentice-like clerkships.

According to the press release from Senator Mike Lee from Utah, the bill's goal is to "better position congress to obtain top-notch services from stellar law school graduates," while giving the grads "a much better understanding of the legislative process."

7 Deadly Sins Committed by New Lawyers

Let's admit it, we have all sinned under the law.

May heaven have mercy on those of us who commit a big sin. We're talking about the sins of malpractice and ethics violations. We won't even go there.

Let's just talk about five lesser evils that often ensnare new lawyers. We're going to fix those before they turn into the two bigger sins.

Meet the Lawyer Taking Down International Terrorists

Zainab Ahmad, the top prosecutor of international terrorists in the United States, sits at a crossroad of contradictions in American law and policy toward Muslims.

Ahmad, 37, is an Muslim-American attorney whose immigrant parents were born in Pakistan. If not for her credentials as a federal prosecutor, she could have been detained at the airport under President Trump's campaign against Muslims.

It is not the first twist in the road of her storied career. Despite challenges in the system, Ahmad has emerged as the prosecutor that terrorists fear.

Why Going to the Best Law School Is Not the Best Choice

True or false? Going to the best law school is not the best choice.

Like those tricky LSAT questions, the counter-intuitive choice here is the correct answer. According to Malcolm Gladwell, the famed columnist and author on relative choices, going to the best law school actually hurts your chances of success in the real world.

Writing for the New Yorker, Gladwell said law school rankings do not tell students where they will get the best results. For example, he said, the annual U.S. News & World report is not a guide to the best teachers.

"There's no direct way to measure the quality of an institution -- how well a college manages to inform, inspire, and challenge its students," he said. "So the U.S. News algorithm relies instead on proxies for quality -- and the proxies for educational quality turn out to be flimsy at best."

You can't ask for much more than having fun, getting paid, and maybe grabbing a decent slice of pizza on the side. This week's cool legal jobs hit all three of the above bases.

As part of our affiliate relationship with Indeed, we've rounded up some of the most exciting legal jobs we could find, including a spot with a major sports team, one at the cutting edge of banking, and one with, well, Papa John's.