Congress appears poised to create a dozen new clerkships for law school graduates.

The Daniel Webster Congressional Clerkship Act of 2008 directs the House and Senate each to hire six recent law school graduates as congressional clerks for one year. The clerks are to be assigned evenly to the majority and minority party in each house. The bill was passed earlier this month by the House and introduced on Monday in the Senate by Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

“Both the executive and judicial branches have long-established programs that give highly talented law school graduates the opportunity to gain valuable experience,” said Dean Richard Revesz of New York University School of Law, in a written statement. “It is time for Congress now to take the necessary step to create a comparable program in the legislative branch for the brightest legal minds to gain a greater awareness of how our government works.”