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. Meet this term's clerks here. by @KaylaEpstein @Politicsinsider ($)$ ow.ly/6RA150BUnNY
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 year's class of clerks includes a history-making editor of the Harvard Law Review, an Army vet, & a former White House and DOJ counsel who defended the Trump administration against Democratic congressional oversight that spilled out of Mueller's Russia investigation.
Winning a clerkship puts a young lawyer on a fast track to partnerships, plum law-firm assignments, and, in some cases, $400,000 bonuses.
Clerks play a vital role in keeping the court moving. They help justices choose which cases to take up, write early drafts of decisions, and help prepare their bosses for oral arguments.
"You can kind of think of them like Santa's elves if the justices are Santa," said David Lat, a lawyer who tracked this term's clerk hirings on the website Above the Law and via @SCOTUSAmbitions "They're integral to the process, but they work behind the scenes."
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