The New York Times notes recent pronouncements by the outspoken justice, including an analysis of law clerk recruitment.
While visiting the American University law school, ranked 45th in the country, Justice Scalia took a question from a student who wanted to know what she had to do to become “outrageously successful” without “connections and elite degrees.”
Working hard and being a good lawyer would help, he informed her, but obtaining a much-coveted Supreme Court clerkship was a bit…out of her league.
“By and large,” he said, “I’m going to be picking from the law schools that basically are the hardest to get into. They admit the best and the brightest, and they may not teach very well, but you can’t make a sow’s ear out of a silk purse. If they come in the best and the brightest, they’re probably going to leave the best and the brightest, O.K.?”