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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?
Michigan State made sense for me. Financially it was a great option because of the generous scholarships offered by the school. I wanted to have freedom in my choice of career following graduation by avoiding debt. My decision was solidified after visiting for accepted student day. I connected with both the current students and the faculty.  The professors are very helpful, knowledgeable, and approachable. East Lansing is a great place to live as well.

Sarah Primrose

What aspects of your legal education best prepared you for the practice of law?
I took a variety of courses during law school, which was very advantageous. Although I am clerking for a bankruptcy judge, issues regarding criminal law, family law, trusts & estates law, securities law, and corporate law still arise. I also took several courses with a focus on writing. Writing is a huge part of my job and I was able to practice, improve, and showcase my writing as a student at Michigan State.

How have you used your JD since graduation?
Yes, I use my degree every day. In fact, a JD is required for a federal clerkship. My education prepared me to analyze the arguments of litigating parties and to research the applicable law in an efficient and thorough manner.

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.

Tell us about a personal accomplishment that you were able to achieve outside of law school. 
I bought a house that I fixed up and lived in for three years while in law school. I recently sold it, but it was a lot of fun having a house that I could make my own. It was a good investment.

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