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Bradyn Fairclough (Class of 2017)

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Undergraduate school and major: Brigham Young University, Clinical Psychology

What did you come to law school to become:

I came to law school so I could use my degree to help people. I think I have been able to use the skills I learned at Iowa Law to do just that.

Your favorite Iowa Law memory:

My wife and I had a baby girl in the first few weeks of my second year of law school, widely regarded as the most difficult year. I remember going to a law school tailgate with my family and the former dean of the law school, Dean Agrawal, came up to me a

Current employer:

United States Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado


Denver, Colorado

Job title:

Special Assistant United States Attorney

What is your pinnacle career goal:

I have enjoyed working in the government and would like to be in the Senior Executive Service or working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Description of what you do:

I am currently a Presidential Management Fellow, a two-year fellowship with the federal government that trains recent graduates to become future leaders within the government. I was originally placed with a component of the Department of Justice that does civil rights conflict resolution. Currently, I am on a four-month "rotation" working as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. I get to draft and file diapositive motions, create settlement agreements, prepare discovery requests, and appear in court. My work covers a wide variety of topics including immigration, bankruptcy, administrative law, medical malpractice, and prisoner litigation.

Your favorite part of your job:

I have really enjoyed the opportunities to appear in court and represent the United States. I have also enjoyed the strategy involved in seeing a case from start to finish.

Your interests outside of work:

I enjoy playing basketball and tennis, watching Netflix, hiking in the mountains of Colorado, and spending time with my wife and daughter.

What is your favorite movie:


What do you wish your 1L/2L/3L self knew about the job search:

Take every opportunity. Cast the widest net possible when looking for a job. Try out as many different types of practice that you can to see what suits you. You will never know what will pique your interest and become a fulfilling career.