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The Utah Judiciary is committed to the open, fair, and efficient administration of justice under the law. Find important information on what to do about your case and where to find help on our Alerts and Information Page due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

El poder judicial de Utah está comprometido a la administración de justicia de una manera abierta, justa y eficiente bajo la ley. En nuestra página Información y alertas encontrará información importante sobre qué hacer en cuanto a su caso y dónde encontrar ayuda debido al impacto del brote de COVID-19.

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Finding Legal Help

You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help. 

Como encontrar ayuda legal

Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.

Appellate Court Clerkships

Law Clerks at the Utah Appellate Courts

Clerkships at the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals are full-time positions generally for at least one year. The appellate judges hire their own clerks. Please see the information provided below for the details on applying for a clerkship in each chamber. The Law Clerk must have a JD degree, or equivalent, from an accredited law school before beginning employment and must agree to a criminal background check. Hiring decisions will take into account information learned from the background check, and such information may be grounds to rescind an offer or terminate employment​, in the sole discretion of the hiring judge. The current salary for law clerks is:

Clerk Level

Hourly Rate

Approximate Yearly Rate

Clerk Level

Level I (entry level J.D.)

Hourly Rate

$25.24

Approximate Yearly Rate

$50,892

Clerk Level

Level II (6 months satisfactory performance in full-time law related employment following graduation from law school or admission to the bar)

Hourly Rate

$26.63

Approximate Yearly Rate

$55,390

Clerk Level

Level III (1 year satisfactory performance in full-time law related employment following graduation from law school)

Hourly Rate

$28.12

Approximate Yearly Rate

$58,489

Utah Supreme Court Clerkships

Please email applications to the individual justice's chambers email address according to the following instructions:

Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant

No clerkships are presently available.

Application requirements: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample (preferably 10-15 pages), and two or three letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters may be sent separately. Applications containing all of the materials listed must be emailed to durrantchambers@utcourts.gov.

Justice John A. Pearce

Clerkship positions are filled through July 2021. Justice Pearce is not accepting further applications for clerkships in August 2021-2022. Justice Pearce will now be accepting applications for law clerk positions beginning August 2022 and ending August 2023.

Application requirements: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and two or three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately. Applications containing all of the materials listed must be emailed to pearcechambers@utcourts.gov.

Justice Thomas R. Lee

Justice Lee has filled all his clerkship positions through the 2022-2023 term. He accepts applications for later terms on a rolling basis from applicants who have at least 2 semesters of grades.

He also accepts applications for internship positions on a rolling basis from students with at least 1 semester of grades.

Application requirements: resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and two or three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately. Applications containing all of the materials listed must be emailed to leechambers@utcourts.gov.

Justice Deno G. Himonas

Justice Himonas is currently accepting applications for 1 law clerk position beginning August 2021 and ending August 2022, and 2 law clerk positions beginning August 2022 and ending August 2023.

Application requirements: resume, law school transcript, writing sample (10-15 pages), and two or three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately. Applications containing all of the materials listed must be emailed to himonaschambers@utcourts.gov.

Justice Paige Petersen

Clerkship positions are filled through August 2021. NOTE: Justice Petersen has suspended accepting clerk applications for January 2022 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Applications will resume being accepted at a later time.

Application requirements: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample (preferably 10-15 pages), and two or three letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters may be sent separately. Applications containing all of the materials listed must be emailed to petersenchambers@utcourts.gov.

Utah Court of Appeals Clerkships

Please email applications with the individual judge's name in the subject line to courtofappeals@utcourts.gov, according to the following instructions:

Judge Gregory K. Orme

No clerkships are presently available.

Application requirements: resume, law school transcript, unedited writing sample, and three letters of recommendation.

Application deadline: Applications from law students are accepted during the second semester of second year for the two positions to be filled following their graduation. Law school graduates may apply during the same period.

Judge Michele M. Christiansen Forster

No clerkships are presently available.

Application requirements: resume, law school transcript, and unedited writing sample.

Judge Kate Appleby

No clerkships are presently available.

Application requirements: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, 2-3 letters of recommendation, and unedited writing sample.

Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Preference will be given to applications received by June 1 for positions starting in August of the following year and January of the year after that.

Judge David N. Mortensen

No clerkships are presently available.

Application requirements: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample (preferably 10-15 pages), and two or three letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters may be sent separately.

Judge Jill M. Pohlman

Judge Pohlman has filled all her clerkship positions through the 2021-2022 term. She accepts applications for later terms on a rolling basis from applicants who have at least 2 semesters of grades.

Application requirements: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, unedited writing sample, and references. Letters of recommendation are optional and may be sent separately.

Judge Ryan M. Harris

No clerkships are presently available.

Application requirements: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, unedited writing sample, and references. Letters of recommendation are optional and may be sent separately.

Judge Diana Hagen

Clerkship positions are filled through January of 2022. Judge Hagen is currently accepting applications for a law clerk position beginning January 2022 and ending January 2023.

Application requirements: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, unedited writing sample no longer than 10-15 pages, and references. Letters of recommendation are optional and may be sent separately.

The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.


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