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Marissa: Law

Marissa Paxman was able to research with and be mentored by Justice John A. Pearce of the Utah Supreme Court in her internship. Learn more about it here!

What was your internship experience?

Phenomenal learning experience in the Utah appellate court system. My internship mainly consisted of reading/editing opinions for publishing, researching topics, writing memos on my research, and discussing legal topics with the judge and clerks. I loved researching novel areas of the law and having one-on-one conversations with Justice John A. Pearcehimself daily.

What was the most useful thing you learned from your internship?

I learned a great deal about doing legal research, following precedent, and legal citations. By reading and editing opinions everyday, I become thoroughly familiar with Utah case law and how opinions and developed and written.

My courses gave me a basis for research and writing which proves very useful.

What professional skills did you develop in your internship?

My writing and research skills improved dramatically of necessity.

Would you recommend this internship to other students?

It was a great experience learning from valuable mentors that will benefit you no matter what area of law you go into.

Marissa Paxman with other Utah Supreme Court interns.
Marissa Paxman with other interns.