Here’s an interesting article about a unique opportunity available to Stanford Law students:
“Stanford Law Students Get Early Supreme Court Duty”
by Michael Falcone
The New York Times, 16 March 2006
“PALO ALTO, Calif., March 14 — In his first semester at Stanford Law School here, James Darrow studied landmark Supreme Court cases in his textbooks. He never expected he would soon be working on cases that may end up in textbooks.
“But that is what Mr. Darrow and eight classmates are doing at the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at the law school, the only program in the country devoted to giving law students hands-on experience at the highest court.
“Students in the clinic help represent clients with cases before the Supreme Court, writing briefs and filing petitions for writs of certiorari, the formal papers in which the court is asked to hear a case. Although the students do not argue cases, they help lawyers prepare oral arguments.
“Last semester, Mr. Darrow, 28, worked on Georgia v. Randolph, which tests the limits of the Fourth Amendment and could set an important legal precedent for police searches. Working on such a high-profile case is a rare opportunity for a law student. ‘You’re helping to make law for the entire nation,’ Mr. Darrow said. ‘That’s a heady thing.’…