Betsy Farrington ’16
Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri
I pursued a judicial clerkship for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, since I want to litigate, I wanted the experience of analyzing a case for its merits, for its most compelling arguments and advocacy, and a look into the Judge’s decision making process before I try and advocate myself.
Especially at the appellate level, I’m also really looking for the year-long intensive writing work, to become a more succinct and effective writer by way of seeing what separates a good brief from a great brief. Finally, to start my legal career working so closely with judges—professionals at the top of their game—that’s an option unique to the legal field, and it’s an opportunity too good to pass up.”