Harvard and Yale law schools cast a long shadow over clerk hiring by the Supreme Court justices—and it’s growing longer.

Based on the National Law Journal’s analysis of clerk hires from 2005 to 2017, 50 percent of all Supreme Court law clerks in the past 13 years graduated from either Harvard or Yale, compared to 40 percent in a similar study 20 years ago.

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