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Why does the Supreme Court have nine justices on the bench instead of eight?
Then, in order to prevent President Andrew Johnson, who was soon to be impeached, from naming any new Supreme Court justices, Congress passed the Judicial Circuits Act of 1866. This Act reduced the number from 10 to seven. Congress added one seat back in and decided that there should be nine justices.
Can there be an even number of Supreme Court justices?
As it happens, an even-numbered Supreme Court was good enough for the Founders and the first Congress. The Constitution does not specify how many justices should serve on the Supreme Court; it is up to Congress to determine the number. Congress added a seventh justice in 1807.
What does it mean to clerk for a Supreme Court justice?
A law clerk or a judicial clerk is an individual—generally an attorney—who provides direct assistance and counsel to a judge in making legal determinations and in writing opinions by researching issues before the court. In English courts, they are known as judicial assistants.
How many clerks does a Supreme Court justice?
Supreme Court justices are entitled to employ four law clerks each term.
How hard is it to get a federal clerkship?
The application process for federal clerkships is handled through a website called “OSCAR”. It is an extremely competitive process and it can be very difficult to even land an interview with a federal judge. State supreme court justices and appellate court judges often have at least one law clerk.
Is a federal clerkship worth it?
For long-term career prospects in Biglaw, a federal clerkship is going to be more highly valued than a state clerkship, but sometimes a state clerkship is going to be a better fit. Working for the highest court in that state will provide you with a cachet that far eclipses the federal court brand name.
Are law clerkships paid?
Most clerkships are paid, full time roles so international students should consult with firms and check their visa restrictions before applying.