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Hi! I am seeking advice on how to get an internship in the law field, preferably at a law firm or something of that kind?

I am a junior in high school from New Jersey, I am interested in pursuing a career in the legal field. I do Forensics at my school, which is a big commitment, so I am hoping for an internship that is flexible with a high school schedule. Anything helps, and thank you! #internships #law #political-science #internship


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Ro’s Answer

Are you looking for strictly "law-attorney-related" internships? With so many firms in the tri-state area, I'd start researching on internships at law firms and courts. I remember when I was clerking at the NY Supreme Court while I was in law school, there were a few high school students doing summer internships through their school. I'd also ask my high school counselor if they have connections or know of such programs.
You could also consider law-related opportunities, like in the law-enforcement area. Since you're already taking forensics (which is a pretty cool field), maybe a local police or sheriff dept could have an internship for a hs student. I also came across this info flyer from Summit HS on the internet for internships: https://www.summit.k12.nj.us/uploaded/SHS_FILES/Guidelines_Information_Packet_2019-2020.pdf

I don't know if you attend the same school, but you can see that schools do offer programs for their students (law is one of the "employment" opportunities). Good luck Claire!

This is extremely helpful, thank you so much!! Claire G.

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DENNIS’s Answer

There are tons of lawyers in Newark! Go knock on a few doors and ask for help. Most lawyers will be more than happy to help. There are both big and small firms. Plus there are Judges who will help! If you live in Newark go to the Courthouse. They will help! Good luck!

Great, thank you so much!! Claire G.

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Caitlin’s Answer

As a high school student, you might also look into smaller family law firms and see if they can use general administrative help. The word "internship" signifies a commitment to exposure/educational experiences that requires a bigger time investment from the employer (which is why you've already received advice that internships will likely go to law students), but you can learn a lot about day to day practice by providing general assistance. When I was in high school, I worked for a two-person law firm answering phones, managing basic correspondence, and updating legal bulletins (a process that has probably automated in the last 20 years!). A smaller, local practice might have a light enough workload to accommodate your schedule.

Best of luck!

Okay, I will definitely look into smaller family law firms. Thank you so much! Claire G.

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Alexandra’s Answer

I suggest looking at the sites of your local bar association (a professional group for attorneys) where you might see some intern postings. Most law firms take interns during their 1st and 2nd year summers of law school. But there may be smaller firms that are open to interns that are in college and interested in law.

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Kim’s Answer

Hi Claire!

Thank you for your interest in law!

It seems that the internships in law offices go to law students, so you may want to look into Litigation Support Services. They do a lot of the "leg-work" for attorneys, such as tracking down and compiling documents, making copies, etc. Some even do things such as prepare "day-in-the-life" videos, designed to visually present what the client's life has been like since getting paralyzed in the car accident, for example. Here's a little more information: https://www.lorr.com/what-is-litigation-support-learn-everything-you-need-to-know/

Best of luck!

Thank you so much, Kim! Claire G.

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