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.
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.
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.