Judicial Clerkship: Meet Mary Kate Gladstone (JD ’19)

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Mary Kate Gladstone (JD ’19) will clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas following graduation.

In which circuit is your clerkship located?

5th Circuit

In which state is your clerkship located?

Texas

What do you hope to gain through your clerkship experience?

Perhaps one of the most valuable aspects of a judicial clerkship is the opportunity to gain a mentor for life.  Although the clerkship application process is competitive and intimidating, it is entirely worth it to find a judge you feel a strong connection with. I look forward to maintaining a relationship with my judge through every twist and turn of my career.

What have you learned going through the interview and application process for a clerkship?

I heard a lot about what the clerkship application process was like before I started applying. I was under the impression that the process, particularly interviews, was far more formal and stuffy than what I was used to. I struggled a lot with how to approach it, because I am such an informal person by nature. Ultimately, my impressions were right—certain aspects of the process were as formal as I had heard.

Despite that, I attribute my success to the fact that I didn’t let that change the kind of person I am. I would urge students who feel intimidated by the formality of the clerkship process not to be discouraged.  You can be yourself and find a great judicial clerkship even if you don’t feel like you’re well-suited for the application process.

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

A clerkship is the ultimate opportunity to gain exposure to a variety of different legal issues. Exposure has been the key to making a sound decision about what practice area is going to be best for me. I expect I will have a better idea of my strengths, passions, and interests following my clerkship, all of which will make me a more effective attorney in the future.