Pamela Lawrence, L’12, uses the legal writing experience she gained at Elon Law at her current position as a judicial clerk with the Honorable James L. Gale, a Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases in the North Carolina Business Court in Greensboro, N.C.
“All of the writing I did while at Elon has helped the most, including: legal writing class, upper level writing requirements and Moot Court,” Lawrence said. “Clerking at the Business Court is much different than a typical clerkship because I get to interact with attorneys much more. Generally, I prepare for hearings and help write opinions, but Business Court Clerks also handle the administrative aspects of the court, like setting hearings, emailing attorneys and answering attorney's questions regarding cases.”
Lawrence is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she earned a degree in political science. While in law school, Lawrence worked as an extern for the Alamance County District Attorney’s Office in Graham, a summer intern for Judge Gale in the North Carolina Business Court, a summer associate with Shipman & Wright, LLP and with Greg Jones & Associates in Wilmington. Lawrence also worked as research assistant for Elon Law Professor Eric Fink and earned a spot on the Dean’s List each semester. She was the recipient of the Research Triangle Area Corporate Counsel Scholarship and won the Best Brief and the Top Five Oralist Awards at the Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition at Regent University School of Law.
“The most helpful extracurricular experience was being a part of the Moot Court Board because I was able to help fine tune my writing skills,” Lawrence said. “But, generally being involved in different organizations while trying to manage my classes helped me fine tune my organizational skills. You are never sure what issue may arise on any given day at the court, and being able to manage the schedule without becoming overwhelmed is important.”
Lawrence advises students to set priorities while and in law school.
“To make the most of your education I think you have to be willing to put a lot of fun things aside during the school year and concentrate on school,” she said. “It's not always easy to stay focused, but if you do, you will see the payoff.”