Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Elite Law School Bias In Judicial Clerkship Hiring

Sasha Volokh (Emory; Google Scholar), Some Thoughts on Elite-Law-School Bias in Clerkship Hiring:

Does the bias exist? Is it a good thing? What does it mean for law students at lower-ranked schools? What does [it] mean about me?

The Washington Post just had a big article on October 30 about racial and gender diversity among Supreme Court clerks, and followed it up with a smaller piece on November 1 about elite law-school hiring patterns for Supreme Court clerks.

When talking about clerk hiring, a few questions might be interesting: (1) Is there an elite-school hiring pattern for federal clerks at the highest level? (2) If yes, is that elite-school hiring pattern justifiable? (3) If the answer to (1) is yes, can law students at non-elite schools still get good clerkships? (4) If the answers to (1) and (2) are yes, and if I'm a professor at a non-elite school, am I a trustworthy law clerk advisor and recommender? Stay tuned for my four answers: yes, yes, yes, and yes!

Washington Post, Historically Diverse Supreme Court Hears Disproportionately From White Lawyers:

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Washington Post, House GOP Will Move Quickly to Lock Down Leadership Team:

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