Student Spotlight: Brendan Gooley

By Yekaterina Bychko

Brendan Gooley ’15, recently landed a clerkship on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to complement his upcoming Connecticut Supreme Court clerkship, earning his spot for this month’s student spotlight.

Gooley started law school straight after undergrad at UConn Storrs and chose UConn Law because of his Husky pride. During his time at UConn Law, Gooley has been a member of the Connecticut Law Review, serving as the current Managing Editor, and is a member of the Connecticut Moot Court Board, having recently returned from a competition hosted by Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana.

After graduating this coming May, Gooley will be clerking for the Honorable Andrew J. McDonald on the Connecticut Supreme Court. The following year he will begin clerking with the Honorable Christopher F. Droney on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

When asked what helped him reel in such prestigious positions, Gooley stressed the value of good recommendations and reiterated a common theme at UConn Law: fostering good relationships. Additionally he modestly added, “a little bit of luck never hurt anybody.” Gooley also stated that his experience on Connecticut Law Review improved his writing skills tremendously and that writing is probably the most essential skill an employer is looking for.

Gooley explained that the process to obtain clerkships began the spring of his 2L year, which is also when he interned with a federal judge. Gooley credits that experience with solidifying his interest in obtaining a post-graduation clerkship. Gooley applied and received the offer for a state clerkship in June following his 2L year. He applied for and received the offer for the federal clerkship during the fall of his 3L year.

We wish Gooley the best of luck and success in the future!