For any attorney interested in oral advocacy, litigation and the U.S. Supreme Court, constructing a case for argument before the nation’s highest court is the chance of a lifetime — a chance that has become a reality for a group of third-year University of Pennsylvania Law School students.

One of them, Rachel Fendell, 25, of Short Hills, N.J., says she always wanted to be a lawyer. It was while working for the National Basketball Association in the Associate Program that she recognized that every business confronts legal matters, and she says her interest grew from there. She transferred to Penn after her first year of law school at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., because she says she wanted to practice on the East Coast and take advantage of the opportunities at Penn — but she never imagined she would be able to contribute to a Supreme Court case as a law student.

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