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LAW Placements

Introduction

Who is Eligible

We work with both law students and undergraduates considering a career in a law related field.

Possible Placements

1) Law Firm
2) Special Interest Groups
3) Corporate Law
4) Judicial Clerkships
5 ) Department of Justice
6 ) International Justice

Past Law Interns have:
* Shadowed judges and lawyers during trials, hearings, and court cases
* Analyzed case reports and conducted internet research
* Assisted laywers with case research and client management
* Worked with local and state policy makers on justice initiatives


TRACK ONE: PRIVATE LAW FIRM
Our most popular option. Working for a private law firm provides a fresh angle on the law process. This provides a glimpse into how the private sector operates within the law to both serve clients as well as to make a profit. Working for a law firm may allow one a greater opportunity to pursue specific issues be they social, environmental, or corporate that are of individual interest. You will have the opportunity to sit in on client interviews, assist in evidence recovery, participate in the marketing process to gain new clients. We work with a wide variety of specializations: tort law, corporate law,

A. Prepare for court cases
B. Assist a lawyer as a clerk or a paralegal
C. Conduct research
D. Analyze relevant policy


TRACK TWO: SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
Working for the legal department in a special interest group is a great way to learn the legal process and advocate change that you believe in. Students interested in family law or children’s rights can work for a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. Students seeking litigation experience may complete an externship with a state prosecutor’s office or the U.S. Attorney’s office. Students with an interest in public interest law can work at an area legal aid program. Students wanting to concentrate in employment law or civil rights issues may extern with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the U.S. Department of Labor. We work with organizations that promote women's rights, environmental protection, the public good, animal rights, children's rights among others. Some of these groups have a large legal staff working to promote their agenda including lobbiests in DC. Others are more grass roots and use the legal process as private citizens.

A. Promote an agenda you believe in
B. Research legal precedents
C. Lobby state and federal governments
D. Communtity activism


TRACK THREE: CORPORATE LAW

Many corporations and larger institutions like hospitals, have in-house attorneys. Corportations like Pfizer, Goodyear, Dow Chemical and others all have well-staffed legal departments that handle product safety issues, work safety, as well as external and internal lawsuits against their companies. Employee rights and regulations are overseen by corporate employeed attorneys as well. Copyright infringement is another important aspect to corporate law. Defending intellectual property rights is an important part of the legal teams duties. In larger institutions in the medical industry research and defense from malpractice is part and parcel to legal duties.

A. Employee/Employer rights
B. Defense of incoming lawsuits
C. Copyright infringement
D. Malpractice lawsuits


TRACK FOUR:
JUDICIAL CLERKSHIPS
Students intern for state and federal court judges and gain valuable insight into the workings of trial and appellate courts. These positions are very research and writing intensive and help prepare students for civil and criminal litigation as well as for appelate law. Judicial interns perform a wide range of clerkship duties including reviewing appellate briefs, trial records, and other documents; researching and analyzing case law; assisting in the drafting of bench memoranda and opinions; making recommendations regarding the disposition of matters on appeal; and briefing the judge prior to oral argument. The main duties working for a judge and a Law Clerk are research oriented. When a judge issues an opinion, it is the staff who assists in the research and writing of the opinion for the benefit of both the defendent and prosecution and the public atlarge. You will consult the law library as well as public domain for materials that will support the judge's decisions. In addition, there are numerous other pedestrian tasks that go on with the day to day running of a courthouse. There are motions to consider, pre-trial prep work, post-trial filings, a whole range of activities.

A. Research opinions for cases
B. Prepare court filings
C. Post trial filings
D. Support Judges rulings


TRACK FIVE:
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
The U.S. Department of Justice offers paid and unpaid internships in numerous areas, such as its criminal division, its National Security Division and its office of legal policy.. Often interns work in the role of a clerk. Within these divisions, interns can gain an inside perspective on how policy is formed, and they may even aid in forming policy to some extent by researching, analyzing and preparing materials, according to the website. Students may also intern in their state department of justice or district court in a similar capacity.

A. Contribute to public policy
B. Research state vs federal statutes
C. Oversee national security briefings
D. Assist court clerks


TRACK SIX: INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE
Interning abroad can open cross-cultural ways to interpretations of the law. Learning to see the law through a cultural lense can prove invaluable when making argments and seeing all angles of a case.Internatinoal law placements enforce cross-cultural and culture specific laws and hold criminals that cross borders accountable. The International Criminal Court at the Hague, the Netherlandsis one example of international law at work. The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) is another high profile example. In addition, international criminal courts pursue human rights violators often in developing countries like Ghana and Sudan.

A. Assist in tracking criminals across borders
B. International corporate law
C. Human rights violations
D. Cross-cultural interpretations of law