3 Northwestern law grads to Supreme Court

Feb. 27, 2007 at 6:53 PM
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EVANSTON, Ill., Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Three Northwestern University Law School graduates have been selected this year for U.S. Supreme Court clerkships.

Justices Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito and John Paul Stevens each have picked a recent graduate, the Chicago Tribune reports. As another sign of changing times, all three are female.

"It's great for the school, and I think it's reflective of the fact that students here have been getting better and better," said David Van Zandt, the law school dean.

Van Zandt, who clerked for Justice Harry Blackmun more than 20 years ago, said that for the clerks "it's something that you do for a year and carry with you for the rest of your life."

Supreme Court clerkships, one of the most prestigious jobs open to a new lawyer, generally go to graduates of a handful of top law schools. Only Harvard and Yale consistently place at least three graduates with the court.

A justice normally has three or four law clerks each year.

This is the second time that Northwestern, ranked 12th in the country, has had three clerks at a time.

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