Internships and Summer Programs of Interest

For further information about any opportunities, please speak with Pre-Law Advisor Nancy Gibson. To schedule an appointment with her, please call 207-786-6232. For recent job and internship postings see Handshake. Don’t forget to check Liberal Arts Career Network (LACN), accessed through the Resources tab on Handshake.  LACN is a great resource for paralegal jobs.

SUMMER PRELAW PROGRAMS are typically offered to students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in the legal profession and first generation college students. Some programs offer LSAT preparation, overview of first year of law school, field trips,and  tips on preparing to be a competitive applicant. All of these programs are available at no cost to the students (usually first years and sophomores), most provide room and board and some provide a stipend and travel assistance. Summer 2017 programs are now open for application. Please click here to learn more. In addition to the programs in the link, Harvard/New York University jointly offer a program that alternates between Cambridge and NYC in different years. The application deadline is Feb. 28 and the program runs from June 25 – July 20. The program is free of charge and provides housing and associated costs plus a $3,000 stipend. Penn State Law offers a similar program which is also free. Most programs’ deadlines are March – April.

DLA Piper’s Undergraduate Internship Program identifies, mentors and develops underrepresented, undergraduate students who aspire to careers in the law with the goal of improving diversity in the legal industry. The six-week paid summer internship is designed to give students a broad view of what it is like to work in a large law firm, and encourages them to begin developing professional networks. The 2017 program will be hosted in our Chicago and Washington, DC offices and is scheduled to run from Monday, June 12 to Friday, July 21, 2017.  Applications accepted from juniors through January 31, 2017.

The Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, offers a funded (with benefits) two-year Justice Fellowship for recent college graduates and young professionals. Seniors only are eligible to apply. The fellowship is designed to enable a talented and committed professional or recent graduate to spend two years contributing to social justice and preparing for a career in nonprofit management. For a full description and application instructions, see http://www.eji.org/node/500

Snell & Wilmer offers two FAR (Fellowship for Advancement and Resources) Fellowships which cover test prep course tuition, assistance with law school application fees, mentoring and advising through the application and admission process and assistance with the cost of law school books. Applications are usually due by July 1 of the year BEFORE the student intends to apply to law school (so, July 1, 2017 if you will apply in Fall 2018 to start law school in Fall 2019). Contact Ms. Kara Blakey at  kblakey@swlaw.com for information.