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Caitlyn Collins

The Hon. Rebeca Martinez, Texas Fourth Court of Appeals

Caitlyn Collins

How did you get your job? 

I applied for several federal judicial internships in the spring. I was not selected for any of them, however, one of the justices asked if he could pass my resume along to the Fourth Court of Appeals. He knew the Chief Justice was looking for a summer intern and thought I might be a good candidate for her. Luckily, he was right!

What do/did you like most about your job? 

I’ve really enjoyed honing my legal research and writing skills. Taking the knowledge I’ve gained so far and applying it to real-world situations has been interesting. I’ve also really enjoyed getting to know Chief Justice Martinez and her staff attorneys.  

How do you think this experience has helped you in your career path?

This experience has been wonderful for my career path! First, it’s helped me improve my research and writing skills. I’ve had the opportunity to work on several different topics, and each one has helped me improve. The feedback I’ve received for each task, and the questions I’ve been able to ask about how best to research and write, have been incredibly helpful.  Second, I’ve met numerous justices and attorneys this summer. It’s been helpful hearing about their legal careers as well as their advice for my own. I know I can reach out to many of them should I ever have questions or need advice in the future.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at this job? 

The most valuable thing I’ve learned is that there is no clear-cut path to a career in law. It’s important to say yes to the things that interest you and to learn as much as you can while in the midst of that particular experience.