Career Possiblities

  • Private sector career services
  • Public sector career services
  • Judicial clerkship
  • Career advising
  • Job opportunities
  • Internship

 

 

  • Private sector career services

Private sector employers (for-profit employers) encompasses most legal employers that are neither government employers nor non-profit law and advocacy organizations. The largest pool of private sector employers consists of law firms, covering dozens of different practice areas. Law firms range in size from solo attorneys to thousands of attorneys. In addition to law firms, corporations/companies of all sizes often hire attorneys as in-house counsel or to conduct regulatory compliance in a wide range of practice areas.

 

 

  • Public sector career services

Serving in the public interest covers a variety of practice areas and settings, including all levels of government and the nonprofit sector. Law Career Services provides various resources such as guides, job postings, specialized counseling, events and networking opportunities. Law Career Services also regularly collaborates with student organizations and various centers and institutes in both the law school and the community,

 

 

  • Judicial Clerkships

Lawyers who have clerked for a judge often describe their clerkship as one of the defining moments of their legal careers. They are considered to be among the most prestigious and competitive employment opportunities available to recent law school graduates and alumni. Usually lasting one to two years, clerks at all court levels obtain unparalleled access to and knowledge about the judicial process. Additionally, a judicial clerk is exposed to a wide variety of legal issues and is able to make a hands-on contribution to the judicial decision-making process.

There is a variety of courts, state and federal, trial and appellate and specialty. Typically clerks read briefs and attend court proceedings, write bench memoranda analyzing parties’ arguments, advise the judge on the disposition of a case, and draft opinions.

 

 

  • INTERNSHIP

A law internship is an opportunity for law school students to gain hands-on legal experience and get a glimpse of the day-to-day tasks of their chosen career path. A legal intern’s duties vary based on the needs of the firm and the student’s level of experience, but typically includes basic office work such as copying and filing, legal research, client assistance and aiding lawyers with paperwork and courtroom preparation.

 

  • Law Firm Internships

Large, medium, and small law firms routinely offer internship opportunities to law students. Such Internships provide invaluable exposure to the private practice of law. Interns generally are required to interact with lawyers, court staffs and clients. They participate in tasks such as drafting legal briefs, managing client files, filing court documents and preparing for trials. Interns cannot appear at court hearings. However, their work behind the scenes introduces them to nearly every facet of an attorney's job.

 

  • Government Internships

Law students also have opportunities to obtain internships at various governmental offices. The Attorney – General’s Office offers law school internships that provide vast exposure to the criminal court systems. Interns are familiarized with criminal statutes and how charges are drafted and prosecuted. Interns assist prosecuting attorneys with preparing documents and testimony for court. They also assist with drafting court hearing briefs, and preparing cases for bench and jury trials.

 

  • Internship with Legal Departments

Law students have the opportunities to intern with the legal departments of some corporations. The students are exposed to how things are done in the corporate world. Interns assist in drafting documents, filing documents at regulatory departments and sometimes prepare court processes.

 

  • Faculty Research Assistants

Law professors commonly hire law students as faculty research assistants to help formulate and research ideas for academic publications. Faculty research assistants will acquire in-depth legal research and writing skills. They also generally learn an abundance about a specific area of the law, since law professors typically concentrate in specific research areas. They also typically benefit by an academic reference letter for post-employment job applications.

 

  • Judicial Service Internship

The Judicial Service Internship is usually done during the second semester break. A communique is issued and interested applicants are made to apply to the Judicial Service Secretariat for placement. Selected Applicants attend an interview and qualified applicants are assigned to Justices of the Superior Court of Judicature to undertake their internships. The internship is usually for at least a month. An intern is exposed to a wide variety of legal issues and is able to make a hands-on contribution to the judicial decision-making process.

Typically interns read briefs and attend court proceedings, write memoranda analyzing parties’ arguments and draft opinions.

 

 

 

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