I was a JIOP intern at the Arizona Court of Appeals in the summer of 2011. My internship not only shaped my law school experience, but had a direct influence on my professional development. Before law school and the JIOP program, I had very little exposure to the practice of law. My JIOP internship gave me the opportunity to learn from a judge and his law clerks regarding legal theory and writing and helped me develop confidence in my own ability to synthesize and analyze legal issues. But the opportunity to truly gain a comfort [level] with the legal profession is something that was invaluable to me. I learned how to interact with judges and all members of the judicial staff and developed professional relationships that I still value today.
I was fortunate enough to transition my internship at the Arizona Court of Appeals into a clerkship upon my graduation from law school. I cannot measure the impact my JIOP internship had on this opportunity, but I am truly grateful for the experience. The program has helped me so much and I look forward to continuing to support the JIOP program as an active alumni.