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.
Some of the most exciting legal duties can be completed virtually. Login to Skype each morning with a lawyer who will assign you case research to serve their clients. This is a great immersion into the legal code and will help you decide what type of law you are most interested in. Many full staff meetings are being done virtually these days so you will sit in on those as well. In addition to research, you can help the attorney prepare documentation for court. Finally, you may be assigned some tasks to boost the firm’s social media presence. For resume purposes, there is no obligation to list “virtual” or “online.” Just put the name of the firm, dates your worked, and job duties. Your internship will have the same merit and potential to land you a high paying job as those completed in person.
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.
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.
“I completed businness law internship under IGS with firm in Chicago. I had a great experience and the staff was top notch. The research I performed for the firm was used in several important cases. It was rewarding seeing my hard work used in the real world.”
“I thought it would be a longshort to get confirmed at a Costa Rica – based attorney. The staff at Institute for Global Studies found me a place in downtown San Jose. Great Job!”