Frequently Asked Questions about Internships

  1. Why should I do an internship?

    Students often report that an internship is one of their favorite experiences in law school. Working with the faculty and outside attorneys and judges can be a great way to gain experience, develop your professional skills, and build working relationships in the legal community.

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  2. Do many students take internships?

    Yes – most of our students participate in at least one internship, and many take several.

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  3. Which courses will accept a student after two semesters or a LLM student?

    Most internship programs accept students after two semesters and LLM students.

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  4. Is any internship likely to give me the opportunity to appear at hearings?

    Prosecution Internship (if you have 43 credit hours)

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  5. Are any courses recommended for students interested in transactional and policy work rather than in litigation?

    Yes. Students work in non-litigation placements in many internship courses.

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  6. May I enroll in a particular internship more than once?

    No, although the U.S. Attorney Internship requires a two semester commitment.

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  7. Can I take more than one internship at a time, and is there a limit on how many I can take?

    There is no limit to the number of internship courses a student can take, although a student may count toward a J.D. degree no more than 21 hours of credit combined from internships, directed study, and non-law courses. It is possible to take more than one internship at a time but it is discouraged because of the time commitment required.

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  8. Do I have to pay tuition for an internship?

    Yes, an internship is treated the same as any other course for tuition and financial aid purposes.

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  9. When do internships begin and end?

    Students generally begin internships at the beginning of the semester and conclude prior to final exams.

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  10. Are there any full-time internships during the academic year?

    Yes. There are two full-time internships offered for 10 credits during the fall and the spring: the International Internship, and the Semester in Practice Internship.

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  11. How do I enroll in an internship?

    All internships require an application.  Application information is available on the application information page.

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