Alumna Kelley Lands Dream Job in International Antitrust

Transnational Law Program (TLP) participant Molly Kelley, JD ’10, is a direct beneficiary of the law school’s growing international reach. Late last year, she became an associate in Allen & Overy’s Washington, D.C., office. Allen & Overy is among the top 10 international firms worldwide, according to Global Competition Review. 

“I’ve always been drawn to international issues,” says Kelley, a Chicago native who spent a year in France while an undergraduate at Notre Dame. But it was her participation in the TLP’s study abroad component that gave her the international experience she needed to secure her position in Allen & Overy’s international antitrust practice.

“I spent a semester studying law and economics at Utrecht University in the Netherlands,” she explains. “That experience gave me the framework needed to understand the issues Allen & Overy’s clients face. Multinational corporations need attorneys who understand complex global issues.”

Adding to her understanding of global law was TLP executive director Michael Peil’s European Union Law course, while Dean Emeritus Dan Ellis’s Antitrust course taught her the important differences between U.S. and EU enforcement of antitrust issues.

“I’m especially interested in antitrust because it’s such a global practice,” Kelley says. “Dean Ellis’s class encouraged my interest and helped me pursue a career with a global antitrust reach.”

Now in its fifth year, the TLP is a four-year dual degree program in which U.S. students earn a JD from Washington University and an LLM from one of the four partner universities—Utrecht University, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Trento, and Catholic University of Portugal. Their European counterparts pursue a complementary course of study; after earning their degree from their home European university, they enter the LLM Program at Washington University.

While Kelley opted not to pursue the LLM degree at Utrecht, she said she benefited from the TLP’s unique offerings in both her legal education and job search. Similarly, recent TLP alumni have gained entry into other highly coveted employment opportunities. Denise Yasinow, JD ’11, is working as an associate in the Pittsburgh office of K&L Gates LLP; Yasinow received her offer after clerking in the firm’s Paris office during her TLP studies. Matthew Friedman, JD ’12, is a capital markets attorney with the London, England, office of Latham & Watkins LLP. McCall Carter, JD ’10, who interned on two defense teams at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia as a TLP student, is presently working at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Kelley stresses that the TLP also provided her with skills that have helped her fit in with Allen & Overy’s culture, as did a judicial clerkship with Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan of the Eastern District of Virginia the summer after she completed her JD. Additionally, her time in the Netherlands gives her common ground in her interactions with her Dutch and European colleagues at Allen & Overy in the states.

Working for an international firm has its perks, too. For example, the firm sent her to its London office for training, which further strengthened her understanding of the firm’s international culture and fed her love of travel.

“It’s very exciting to be part of a firm with such a global reach,” she says. “I am grateful to Washington University School of Law for all the opportunities and support it has given me over the years.”

By Timothy J. Fox