Missouri State University
Thomas Limbrick

Thomas Limbrick

  • BA, Philosophy

Landing 'the best job'

Philosophy alum Thomas Limbrick will spend two years clerking with the Missouri Supreme Court. 

Thomas Limbrick credits his philosophy degree with preparing him to earn a clerkship with the Honorable Mary Rhodes Russell of the Missouri Supreme Court. He singles out mentors like Andrew Johnson and Jack Knight, whom he calls, “two of the smartest people I’ve ever met.”

The foundation for success  

According to Thomas, “My course on ancient philosophy with Dr. Knight made me unafraid to tackle complex and voluminous readings. All of my philosophy classes, particularly Ethics and Contemporary Issues and Philosophy of Religion with Professor Johnson, familiarized me with the Socratic method of teaching and forced me to constantly come up with rational arguments."

Thomas knew he wanted to attend law school before he began his undergraduate studies. While in law school. he took advantage of semester and summer breaks to immerse himself in many different legal fields. He spent one summer working at Armstrong Teasdale, where he gained experience with employment litigation, construction, medical malpractice, real estate and intellectual property litigation. These experiences helped him refine his interest in employment and labor law.

A view from the other side 

And the opportunity to clerk caught his attention as soon as he began law school. “Many lawyers consider clerking for a year or two to be one of the best jobs – if not the best job – to get straight out of law school. It is a unique opportunity to work closely with a judge and see how the other side of the courtroom thinks,” Thomas says.