Professional background of US Supreme Court Justices

Janet Alexander jca at stanford.edu
Fri Mar 13 19:04:26 PDT 2009


We should bear in mind that the primary way of entering the legal 
profession in the US was by apprenticeship (reading law), rather than 
graduation from a formal law school, until the late 19th century.

At 04:26 PM 3/13/2009, Jonathan Miller wrote:
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>In my work on the Argentine Supreme Court I am finding a shift in 
>the background of Argentine Supreme Court justices between the 
>1860's to the 1920's from individuals with strong political 
>backgrounds and some judicial experience to individuals with either 
>lots of judicial experience or judicial and academic 
>experience.  Just glancing at descriptions of the backgrounds of 
>U.S. Supreme Court justices seems to indicate a similar phenomenon 
>over the 19th century.  Can anyone point me to any studies on this 
>looking at the make-up of the U.S. Supreme Court?  Thanks,
>
>Jonathan Miller
>Southwestern Law School
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