Judicial Clerkship: Meet Kelsey Mellan (JD ’18)

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Kelsey Mellan (JD ’18) discovered she was interested in clerking after participating in Wake Forest Law’s D.C. Summer Judicial Externship.

In which circuit is your clerkship located?

Federal Circuit

In which state is your clerkship located?

Washington, D.C.

What led you to pursue a clerkship?

I had the opportunity to participate in the Wake Forest D.C. Summer Judicial Externship Program during my 1L summer. I was placed in the Office of Special Masters (OSM) in the Court of Federal Claims. I enjoyed my 1L summer experience so much that when I began my clerkship search during my 2L spring, the OSM was one of the first places I applied. I was fortunate enough that the Special Master I interned for during my 1L summer hired me back as a full time law clerk. I started my clerkship in August 2018 and love being back at the OSM!

How will your clerkship experience help you meet your career goals?

My clerkship experience has allowed me to focus on developing my legal writing and research skills. I also have the opportunity to observe effective, and not so effective, lawyering and advocacy skills on a daily basis, which has provided me unique insight into the practice of law. I am excited to use the skills I’ve gained during my clerkship throughout my legal career.

Clerking has been one of the best experiences I could have hoped for coming right out of law school. Besides writing and research skills, I have also developed key organizational and time management skills that will definitely be helpful in my post-clerkship career.