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Clerking for the Supreme Court is one of the most prestigious gigs a new lawyer can secure; it can lead to better jobs, bigger salaries, and obscene signing bonuses. Let’s take a look at the young legal minds who will have the magical experience of working for the Court this year.
In case you’re behind on your billables and don’t have time to tally the vital statistics yourself, we’ve done the complicated math for you. Of the 36 Supreme Court clerks, 26 (72.2 percent) attended private law schools, 18 graduated from Ivy League schools, and 12 went to Harvard.
The University of Virginia has the strongest showing in the public school category, with four clerks in the 2011 class. Yale and Stanford also have four clerks, while Georgetown rounds out the multiple clerks list with two. The list, reported by Above the Law, is below.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts
Justice Antonin Scalia
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
Justice Clarence Thomas
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Justice Stephen G. Breyer
Justice Samuel Alito
Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Justice Elena Kagan
Justice Kennedy clearly likes HLS grads, pulling three of his four clerks from the prestigious institution; Justice Thomas, by contrast, hired three graduates from public law schools. Duly noted: Thomas may only choose clerks who have worked for a judge appointed by a Republican president, but he is willing to take a chance on a state-school kid.
The greater lesson learned: a private legal education could be worth its debt in Supreme Court clerkship gold.