WASHINGTON (AP) — Only a few lawyers will ever get to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Every year, however, thousands of lawyers join the Supreme Court bar, the group of lawyers allowed to practice before the nation's highest court.
Joining may sound exclusive, but it requires less paperwork than visiting a new doctor's office and costs less than an annual gym membership. All a lawyer needs to do is to be a member of his or her state's bar for three years, get the signatures of two other Supreme Court bar members and pay a one-time $200 fee.
For some, there's still a prestige to joining; others say it's a matter of personal satisfaction and a point of pride.
The fees lawyers pay to join bring in more than $750,000 annually.