Leavitt Center

Internship Testimonial: Alyssa Miller

My name is Alyssa Miller, I am a senior here at SUU studying Political Science and Legal Studies and I am currently in the process of applying to law school. This summer I had the incredible opportunity to work as an intern at the Fifth District Court here in Cedar City. I was able to connect with and interview with Judge Higbee through my involvement with the Leavitt Center, and from there landed the position! Although this was technically an un-paid internship, I was able to receive funding through the Leavitt Center as well, which made it realistic. This internship as a whole was extremely valuable to my education, work experience and future career pursuits.

As an intern at the court, I had some amazing experiences.  My first few weeks, I spent learning a clerkship position, completing copy requests, filing case documents and even reviewing several Judge Opinions. This was a great hands-on opportunity to view legal documents, learn to understand the practicality of legal wording and locate the correct files and documents needed in a case.  One week I was able to learn the process of filing an appeal, and how the documents for that were prepared.  I was also able to observe several court proceedings in the first few weeks, including Preliminary Hearings, Trials, Sentencings and Civil Matters.

Some of the really unique opportunities I had this summer as an intern were shadowing the County Attorney, shadowing and working with Juvenile Probation, meeting and being able to talk to people in various legal positions including attorneys, correctional workers, judges, clerks and probation officers and sitting in on several jury selections and trials.  I was even able to witness a week-long double murder trial!

This internship was undoubtedly one of the most valuable additions I could have received toward my undergraduate education.  It taught me skills and practical knowledge that I would not have been able to learn in any other way.  It will be a major resume builder, and I was able to make some networking connections that will assist in my law school and career pursuits. Based on the awesome experience I had, I would encourage every SUU student to pursue an internship in their respective fields.

-Alyssa Miller