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How to Find a Summer Law Internship

The summer law internship. It’s as important as it is elusive. The right internship can give you access to working attorneys, real-world experience and a paycheck. It can prepare you for a successful career and help you make connections that could lead to your first job.

That’s why landing a good summer law internship is so challenging. Every law school student wants one, so the competition for them is fierce.

How to Find a Summer Law Internship

 Here are three tips to help you land a summer law internship:

Use the Experts
Every law school offers students access to an office of career and professional development. You might not know it, but the people who work in these offices provide you with the best chance to land a summer internship.

They spend their days (and often their evenings) talking to employers. They know people at firms large and small, and they know who is looking–and exactly what they’re looking for.

As early as possible, make an appointment with your law school’s career and professional development staff. Bring your resume and cover letter, tell them what you hope to do when you earn your J.D. and tell them about your strengths. Impress them, and they’ll keep you in mind as they meet employers who are looking for a quality summer law intern.

Get Off the Beaten Track
Firms aren’t the only organizations looking for summer law interns. There are a lot of businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies in need of quality help, too.

Find them and you’ll find an internship. And they’re easy to find.

Small businesses are everywhere, so chances are good that you know someone who works for a business that could use an intern. Government offices are strapped for cash, and they often turn to law professors for advice and even pro bono help. Start asking your professors who works with government agencies. And there are always nonprofits looking for help. A simple Google search can give you access to many in your area.

Take It Seriously
Treat the search for a summer law internship like a search for your first job. This might sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised how many students don’t do it. Tighten up your resume. Put together an awesome cover letter. And dress the part. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to stand out from the crowd just by doing the little things the right way.

 

About the Author
Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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