Sarah Primrose, '12
Law Clerk, Chief Judge Paul Hyman, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Hometown: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Previous Education: B.A. History
Why did you choose Michigan State Law for your legal education?
I fell in love with Michigan State after visiting for accepted student day. The professors are very helpful, knowledgeable, and approachable. East Lansing is a great place to live as well.
What aspects of your legal education best prepared you for the practice of law?
I took a variety of courses during law school which provided me with a broad knowledge base regarding multiple areas of law. Although my clerkship focuses on bankruptcy and corporate law, issues of criminal law, family law, trusts, and other areas of law still come up.
How have you used your JD since graduation?
I use my degree every day. A JD is required for a federal clerkship, and I find it essential for analyzing the arguments of litigating parties and researching the applicable law.
What advice would you offer someone who is thinking about a career in law?
Be passionate, hardworking, and flexible. I have known that I wanted to be an attorney since I was 8 years old. What I didn’t know was what kind of law I wanted to practice. Law school was helpful in providing me the opportunity to explore numerous areas of law. During the summer after my first year of law school, I focused on criminal law while working at the Delaware Attorney General’s office. During my second summer, I was a Summer Associate at a firm with practice branches in every area of law except criminal law. I learned a lot from both experiences.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
Assisting with the judicial process is very rewarding. I enjoy helping resolve disputes in a neutral and fair manner.