SCOTUS Law Clerks:
The Story Behind the Story

TONY MAURO & VANESSA BLUM | One of the recurring story lines of the current U.S. Supreme Court is the increasing influence and prestige of the law clerks the justices hire to help screen incoming petitions and write opinions. It’s not just the hiring bonuses of $350,000 that they can command when they leave— nearly $100,000 more than the justices’ annual salaries. It’s also the career doors that a clerkship opens in private practice, corporations, academia and government.

SCOTUS Law Clerks:
The Gender Imbalance

TONY MAURO | While Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer have hired roughly equal numbers of men and women as law clerks since 2005, other chambers continue to be male-dominated. Explore hiring by the current justices using this interactive feature.

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