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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 $26.91 - $47.35.

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

Chief Justice Durrant is currently accepting applications for 2024-25 on a rolling basis.

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.

Associate Chief Justice Justice John A. Pearce

Clerkship positions are filled through August 2022-2023. Justice Pearce is not accepting further applications for clerkships at this time. Applications for Clerkship year of 2023-24 will be accepted from August 2022 to March 2023 and Clerkship for the year 2024-25 will be accepted from August 2023 to March 2024.

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 Paige Petersen

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 petersenchambers@utcourts.gov.

Justice 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.

Justice Jill M. Pohlman

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.

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 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 Ryan M. Harris

No clerkships are presently available.

Application requirements: Cover letter, resume, law school transcript, unedited writing sample, and two or three letters of recommendation (which may be sent separately). It is preferred that applicants send two versions of their cover letter and resume, one of which, to be used for initial review purposes, should have the applicant's name and law school redacted.

Application deadline: Judge Harris accepts applications from January 1 to February 15 each year, on a rolling basis, for two clerkships to begin the following calendar year.

Judge Ryan D. Tenney

Judge Ryan D. Tenney of the Utah Court of Appeals has an opening for a law clerk. The clerkship will begin in January 2024, and it will last for one year.

Application requirements: Applicants should send an email with Judge Tenney’s name in the subject line to courtofappeals@utcourts.gov. The application should include a cover letter, a resume, a law school transcript, a writing sample (10-15 pages, preferably unedited), and 2-3 references.

Application deadline: Applications should be submitted by 5 pm on September 26, 2022.

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.

Page Last Modified: 9/13/2022

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