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Former Clerks Are Sitting Pretty

Publication Date: 
January 04, 2010
Daily Journal
Lawrence Hurley

Professors Pamela Karlan and Michael McConnell are mentioned in an article on career prospects for former U.S. Supreme Court clerks:

At a time when law school graduates are increasingly struggling to get hired or facing lower pay, one elite group is sitting pretty: former U.S. Supreme Court clerks.

Even during the recession they can still command signing bonuses of up to $250,000, on top of a starting salary that can top $160,000 if they join major firms, according to lawyers familiar with the hiring process.


Stanford Law School alone has 16 former Supreme Court clerks on its faculty, including such leading lights as former 10th Circuit Judge Michael W. McConnell, who clerked for Justice Brennan, and Pamela S. Karlan, who clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun.