The Intern Effect: Grayson Owens Finds a New Passion in Law

July 6, 2020

Four years ago, Grayson Owens knew he was ready to pursue a Pre-Law degree at William Peace University. He didn’t know how profound an impact WPU would have on his career. 

Owens comes from a family of lawyers. His brother also attended WPU, having graduated from the same program and launched the University’s first co-ed legal fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta, which Owens went on to lead as president. He says he always knew he wanted to study law. 

“I guess you could say it runs in the blood.”

Owens was approaching graduation when he realized he only required one more credit hour to complete his degree. Career Design Center Assistant Director Julie Cline suggested he take a new internship to fulfill the credit and complement his prior work with the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She connected Owens with her contact at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, a North Carolina personal injury law firm. Soon after, he secured a position. 

The internship covered a broad range of duties, exposing Owens to new roles, passions and possibilities. He learned about the people and departments that make a law firm function and gained experience researching legal topics, writing blog posts, and crafting social media content. 

“Going to William Peace University was easily the best decision I have ever made.”

“We do a little bit of everything there … I think this is going to make me more grateful for all of the people working behind the scenes of a law firm,” Owens says. 

Before this experience, Owens was primarily interested in pursuing corporate law. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin ignited a new passion. 

“This internship with a personal injury firm has really opened my eyes to how you can really help people who really need it. And this is when they need help the most.”Although Owens graduated from WPU in May 2020, the firm extended his internship to last through the summer. With plans to attend law school in the fall, he says WPU’s Pre-Law program and its faculty, specifically Assistant Professor Caleb Husmann and Associate Professor Elizabeth Kusko, were instrumental in his success. 

“Going to William Peace University was easily the best decision I have ever made.”