University of South Carolina School of Law first-year student Lindsay Richardson was one of only four law students from across the nation to be accepted to PepsiCo’s Larry D. Thompson Legacy of Leadership Fellowship Program.
“I would not have expected that in my first year of law school I would have the opportunity to go halfway across the country to clerk for a Fortune 100 company,” Richardson said. “I am humbled, excited and very thankful to be selected for the fellowship, and I am really looking forward to seeing the law from the perspective of a multinational corporation. It’s proof that students at the University of South Carolina School of Law truly have no limits to the opportunities available for their legal career.”
The fellowship “promotes diversity in the legal profession and advances PepsiCo’s commitment to supporting the development of professionals from diverse backgrounds,” and was established as a tribute to Larry D. Thompson, who retired as PepsiCo general counsel in 2014. Thompson was dedicated to seeking out and ensuring diversity was ever present.
Richardson will spend five weeks in the Plano, Texas headquarters where she will have the opportunity to work in a variety of legal fields.
“It will be exciting to work alongside the general counsel and legal teams in advertising law, food and drug law, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and corporate citizenship,” Richardson said. “Being exposed to so many different areas of the law will help me figure out which one I want to pursue. Additionally, the mentorship provides invaluable opportunities with some of the top corporate lawyers.”
Richardson secured the fellowship with help from the law school’s Office of Career Services. From tailoring her resume to providing interview insights, she said they were involved from start to finish.
“Career Services walked me through the whole process. I literally popped into Career Services every week to get materials reviewed, ask about interviewing, and follow up. Mrs. (Phyllis) Burkhard even reached out on my behalf to find out more information about the program and insights into PepsiCo’s general counsel,” Richardson said. “I valued the support, encouragement, and feedback I was able to get through the awesome staff in Career Services; they are honestly your biggest champion in your job hunt.”