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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 for rescission of an offer or termination of employment​, in the sole discretion of the hiring judge. The current salary for law clerks is:

Level
Hourly Rate
Approximate Yearly Rate
Level I (entry level J.D.)
$24.02
$51,153
Level II (6 months satisfactory performance in full-time law related employment following graduation from law school or admission to the bar)
$25.35
$52,930
Level III (1 year satisfactory performance in full-time law related employment following graduation from law school)
$26.76
$55,874

Utah Supreme Court Clerkships

Please address applications to the individual justice at:

Utah Supreme Court
P. O. Box 140210
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0210

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.

Justice John A. Pearce

No clerkships are presently available.

Application requirements: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and two or three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately.

Justice Thomas R. Lee

Justice Lee has filled all his clerkship positions for 2019. 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.

Justice Deno G. Himonas

No clerkships are presently available.

Application requirements: resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and two or three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately.

Justice Paige Petersen

No clerkships are presently available. Applications for 2021 clerkships will be accepted in February 2019.

Application requirements: cover letter, resume, law school transcripts, writing sample, and two or three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately.


Utah Court of Appeals Clerkships

Please address applications to the individual judge at:

Utah Court of Appeals
P. O. Box 140230
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0230

Judge Gregory K. Orme

1 clerkship ordinarily available beginning August each year; 1 clerkship ordinarily available beginning January each year.

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

No clerkships are presently available.

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

Judge Kate Toomey

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 Mortensen

No clerkships are presently available.

Application requirements: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and two or three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately.

Judge Jill Pohlman

No clerkships are presently available.

Application requirements: cover letter, resume, law school transcript, writing sample, and two or three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be sent separately.

Judge Ryan 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

No clerkships are presently available.

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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