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Acting Solicitor General- Hiring Law clerks is like hiring Starbucks baristas…
During oral arguments in NASA v. Nelson, Acting-SG Katyal had this to say about asking open-ended questions during the application process:
I think as Judge Kleinfeld said, that’s how law clerks are hired. That’s how barristas at Starbucks are hired. You have to ask these open-ended questions because as an employer, you don’t really know what–where the pressure points or danger spots in an individual application are.