Paralegal Internship Options

Tue, Jun 12, 2012

Internship Information

If you’re interested in a career in law, one of the first steps is finding an internship as a paralegal. Whether you’re interested in becoming a lawyer or plan to stop at the paralegal level, an internship will help you advance your career. While working in a law firm is a very common route for many paralegals, a law firm is by no means your only option. Here are some ideas for you to consider when looking into internship options.

There are many parts of the law system that you’ll need to be familiar with which is why working for a law firm isn’t the only choice. You could also look into interning for the court in your city, for a judge, or with the law library. If you know you’d like to improve on your research skills or would like to know more about the legal publications process, working for a law library would be the perfect choice. Interning for a judge or the courts will help you become familiar with the court system and the many different policies and protocols lawyers have to deal with on a daily basis. In the court system, you’ll be able to follow the paperwork process for a case from start to finish to better understand everything involved.

Though you may have never considered working for the corporate world, doing a paralegal internship for a corporation is a great way to learn the ropes from actual lawyers. Your training will be heavily focused on law pertaining to corporations, but it would be a great place to start for anybody. This kind of internship could include anything from helping your supervisor with employee issues like benefit packages and contracts to helping your supervisor with ownership issues like stock options and writing up agreements for the shareholders. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in you, you can find internships from websites, by word of mouth of your professors in school or from the law library. You might also contact corporations you’re interested in directly and ask about possible internship opportunities.

And, of course, you can choose to intern with a local law firm to learn under the mentorship of actual lawyers as well. If you know what area of law you’re interested in, it would be a good idea to intern with a firm who focuses on that area. This could also be a good idea if you’re aiming to have your own firm some day or would like to see what practicing law looks like for smaller firms. To find firms, simply search your city and the form of law you’d like to practice, like “personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles,” in a search engine and you’ll find tons of results. You can then call the firms to find out who’s interested in an intern and you’ll be on your way to a successful career!

A career in law requires knowledge of many different parts of our society so no matter where you choose to do your internship, you’ll gain plenty of valuable knowledge that applies to your career. Good luck!

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