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Here she comes, Miss Counselor Atlantic City, N.J. (AP)-If you want a glimpse at the future of the legal profession, the Miss America Pageant is the place to look. The seven aspiring lawyers among the 52 competitors are almost enough to make up an LSAT preparation class. But they say they’re not thinking much about the law or exchanging tips on civil procedure class while they’re here for the pageant, which airs on Sept. 18. After all, the judges will be checking out their swimsuits, not their briefs. Given recent history, the barristers-to-be have a real shot at the title. Both the reigning Miss America, Ericka Dunlap, and her predecessor, Erika Harold, are aspiring counselors at law. And the pageant has featured at least a half-dozen wannabe lawyers every year since 1998. “Every one of the young women is really, really accomplished,” explained Miss Pennsylvania Victoria Bechtold, one of the law school-bound. Bechtold, who studied information technology on her way to becoming this May’s valedictorian at Duquesne University, plans to work in Internet law. Miss Oregon Brook Roberts, who is hooked on big-time legal sagas such as the Kobe Bryant and JonBenet Ramsey cases, would like to be a television legal analyst. “I really plan to apply to Harvard,” she said. Miss Idaho Elizabeth Barchas, a former Fulbright Scholar, has been accepted at Harvard, and Miss Alaska Christina Reasner says it’s one of her top choices. Miss Wisconsin Molly McGrath wants to get her law degree from either Columbia or New York University because they are known for constitutional law and human rights. Miss Iowa Carolyn Nicholas has already completed two years at Drake University Law School. “It’s nice to take a year off,” she said.

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