Most law students realize landing an internship is crucial, particularly those with BigLaw dreams. But internship opportunities are withering away - even the unpaid positions which could be inappropriate if they don’t meet the specific criteria. (I’m not trying to stir up a debate here.)
That said, even for the top 20%, students are having difficulty either landing an internship, landing an internship they want or wondering if they will ever get enough variety and experience from the position they secure. That last point is critical - especially if you aren’t 100% sure what practice area you want to enter after graduation (for most of you, this is probably true.)
For many, the goal is to sample different practice areas through 3-4 month stints at various law firms that offer different practice areas.
For those students who are floundering and looking to gain experience, we hope to open up some doors for students and help them make a little scratch along the way.
Law students, IMO, are at the top of the legal research game primarily because, well, that’s one of the skills they are constantly honing. But they need opportunities to flex those research muscles.
Not comfortable with your research skills yet? Offer to do some court running or document pulls from the clerk’s office. Maybe even some case filing.
The benefit to lawyers?
Engage with a crowd of willing and able students for individual research and writing projects and “pay it forward”. They’ll be able to give bits of experience to multiple law students and not necessarily feel obligated to bring them on as interns they can’t afford or don’t have time to train.
If a lawyer does find a rockstar student, great!
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