Appalachian State University Student Completes Internship At Law Firm

Taylor Rodney a rising senior at Appalachian State University, completed an undergraduate internship with Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP this summer. Taylor, who is majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Professional Law and minoring in Criminal Justice, plans to begin her journey through law school in August of 2018.

Because the Partners are involved with a multitude of practice areas, Taylor was able to experience different areas of the law, including Mediations, Civil Litigation, Estate Planning and Administration, and more.

Taylor worked with not only the legal side of the Firm, but also the administrative part. Through this integrated approach, she learned about topics such as managing trust accounts, marketing the business, and organizing various aspects of the Firm. Taylor’s final research paper explores the growth of cyber fraud—which is a pervasive threat to all law firms—and analyzes existing cybersecurity measures to compile the best defense strategies.

The attorneys at Patrick, Harper & Dixon, make a conscious effort to give back to the community. Providing an internship to undergraduate pre-law students affords the law firm the opportunity to mentor future attorneys. After ten weeks of highly educational work, Taylor “cannot imagine attending law school without having been exposed to the daily lives of attorneys,” and she is “overwhelmingly grateful for the internship with Patrick, Harper & Dixon, LLP.”