Aaron Zelinsky is a rare student in Yale’s law school: a New Haven, Conn., native who also attended Yale for undergrad. But this summer, after spending most of his 25 years in New Haven, he worked in a far-off place that’s constantly in the news, where there’s as much security in cafés as in court buildings.

Zelinsky served as a clerk for Dorit Beinisch, the president of the Supreme Court of Israel, the equivalent to the chief justice in America.