Chancellor Wendy Beetlestone selects students for prestigious summer internships

Wendy Beetlestone

University of Liverpool Chancellor and United States District Judge, Wendy Beetlestone, has selected two students from the Liverpool Law School to undertake a prestigious summer internship in the chambers of Judge Beetlestone at the United States District Court in Pennsylvania.

This internship will offer the successful applicants, Ashley and Elizabeth, first-hand exposure to real-world cases, legal research and the inner workings of the US District Court. They will be fully immersed in a dynamic working environment, allowing them to develop their workplace legal skills between July and September this year.

Ashley and Elizabeth were selected as part of a competitive application process with students from the School of Law and Social Justice.

An alumna of the University, Judge Beetlestone graduated with a BA (Hons) in Philosophy in 1984. She embarked on a career as a TV journalist before entering the legal profession a decade later. In 2014, former President Barack Obama nominated her to serve as a District Judge, presiding over civil and criminal cases involving the US Constitution, federal statutes, and certain disputes between citizens of different states.

Judge Beetlestone said: “When I interviewed Ashley and Elizabeth, I was impressed at their drive to succeed and how well prepared they are for the next stage of their careers.  I look forward to them joining my chambers for the summer.”

Third year Law student Elizabeth said: “I have been afforded so many amazing opportunities and experiences during my time at the University of Liverpool Law School, but never imagined I would conclude my studies with this once in a lifetime opportunity to undertake a summer internship with Judge Beetlestone.

“I aspire to a career at the bar and believe this insight into judicial reasoning and legal process will be advantageous to my career. I’m very much looking forward to learning more about the process of legal research and legal writing involved in constructing a judicial opinion. I also hope to learn more about the US legal system and the similarities and differences between legal practice in the UK and the US.”