Melissa Thornsberry (JD ’10) knew she wasn’t going to take the traditional route of a new law school graduate when she accepted a position as an acquisitions management specialist with the Space Life Range and Network Systems Division at the Los Angeles Air Force Base (LAAFB).
As a third-year law student at Pepperdine, Thornsberry took a chance on applying for the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF), a highly competitive program that provides a two-year fast track into the doors of the federal government.
Upon completing her application, Thornsberry was required to receive an official nomination from the School of Law and complete a standardized test. After she was chosen as a finalist, Thornsberry boarded a plane to Washington, D.C., to attend a three-day job fair. She interviewed with LAAFB on the third day, and was offered the position almost immediately. Her two years as a Fellow will end in September, and Thornsberry says she is looking forward to continuing to advance her career. In addition to her work at LAAFB, Thornsberry serves as a mentor for Pepperdine law students applying for the PMF. This year Victoria Mitchell, Tiffany Norris, and Landon Derentz joined the growing number of Pepperdine Law students who have been chosen as finalists.
“Pepperdine provides a practical education, and a lot of leadership opportunities that are nurtured by faculty and the alumni network,” Thornsberry said. “They are developing more than lawyers. They are developing service-minded professionals.”