About Kelsey Russell

For the 2017-18 term, Kelsey Russell served as a judicial clerk for the Chief Judge of the Southern District of New York. This year, she will begin work as an associate at a large law firm in New York. Kelsey graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2017, where she was an Executive Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. She had the honor of being published in the 165th volume of the Law Review for her student comment, Cruel and Unusual Construction: The Eighth Amendment as a Limit on Building Prisons on Toxic Waste Sites. Kelsey earned her undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross, where she studied English and Women’s and Gender Studies.

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Letters of Recommendation for Clerkship Applications (and Beyond!)

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Letters of Recommendation for Clerkship Applications (and Beyond!)Please welcome guest writer Kelsey Russell, a recent clerk for the Chief Judge of the Southern District of New York, to discuss how to get letters of recommendations, an important aspects of clerkships applications.

If you are considering a judicial clerkship, you are likely well aware that your letters of recommendation are an essential component of your application.

As someone who decided to apply for a clerkship pretty late in the game, getting quality recommendations felt like a tall order. Many of my classmates had already taken advantage of opportunities such as research assistant positions, which led to relationships with professors who, in turn, could write personalized recommendations. By the fall of 3L year, no single professor stood out in my mind as a natural recommender. So I started brainstorming: Should I start with the professor who gave me my highest grade? Or the professor who ran my pro bono project? What about employers prior to law school? Given that I was trying to compile my materials in relatively short order, I was also working against the clock. [Read more…]