Alumni Profiles

Jessica AndersonJessica Anderson

As a judicial clerk for the Honorable Calvin E. Murphy, a Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases, in Charlotte, Jessica Anderson, L’12, has the honor and responsibility of being directly involved with the decision making processes of the North Carolina Business Court.

“Generally, my job entails acting as a liaison with attorneys, researching various legal issues, and drafting orders and opinions on complex business cases,” Anderson said.

Anderson graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At Elon Law, she was the recipient of the Carole W. Bruce Scholarship and earned a spot on the Dean’s List every semester.

While in law school, Anderson worked as a summer intern for the Davie and Davidson County District Attorney’s Office and as a summer law clerk at Roberson, Haworth & Reese, PLLC. During the spring semester of her final year of law school, Anderson worked with the Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service where she attended Tax Court hearings, researched tax issues and communicated with taxpayers and the Department of Justice. In addition to her legal work experience, Anderson also worked as the Notes and Comments Editor of the Elon Law Review, which she says prepared her for her current job as a judicial clerk.

“Given the heavy emphasis on research and writing, my work on the Elon Law Review helped prepare me the most for my work as a law clerk,” Anderson said. “Beyond the solo work of writing, the law review taught me how to better give and receive criticism and work through the editing process with others.”

Anderson said that the law school’s close relationship with the North Carolina Business Court introduced her to an array of unique cases and topics.

“Beyond the legal education I received there, Elon provided me with opportunities to interact with the greater legal community which helped prepare me for my current role with the Court,” Anderson said.

She advises students to take advantage of career opportunities posted on Symplicity, a legal job posting website maintained by the law school’s Center for Professional Development, as well as inquiring with employers about job openings that are not currently being advertised.