What I'm Doing This Summer
Wash U 1L Summer Opportunities Provide Professional Development
Washington University first-year law students are gaining valuable professional practice experience at a variety of firms and organizations this summer. In a challenging employment environment, Washington University School of Law is partnering with students in innovative ways to help them secure opportunities that match their career interests. Below is a sampling of what some current 1Ls are doing this summer.
Summer Opportunity:Legal Aid Society, Columbus, Ohio
Undergraduate Degree:Politics, Oberlin College
This summer, I am interning at the Legal Aid Society in Columbus, Ohio. Legal Aid focuses on providing free legal services to low-income communities. I will be working with the Consumer Law group, which provides representation for individuals facing garnishment, repossession, and harassment by creditors. I look forward to gaining hands-on experience in a nonprofit law firm and I hope this internship will solidify my passion in pursuing a public interest career.
Summer Opportunity:St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office
Undergraduate Degree:Political Science, University of Missouri-Columbia
This summer, I am interning at the St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office in Belleville, IL. The State's Attorney focuses on fighting crime in St. Clair County and ensuring that county residents are free from fear of criminal organizations and individuals. My goal this summer is to experience all aspects of criminal law from deterrence to prosecution. I knew that I found a great organization when I was told that I would be fighting real crime and helping real people, who will know that the good guys are on their side looking out for them.
Summer Opportunity:Hunton & Williams, Richmond Virginia
Hometown:Charlotte, North Carolina
Undergraduate Degree:Double-majored in Economics and Psychology, Duke University
This summer, I am interning at Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia. The firm specializes in a wide variety of fields and has a strong commitment to client service. I am very excited to have the opportunity to learn from such a diverse group of attorneys, and I was very lucky to find a program that would let me experience both firm and in-house counsel legal work.
Summer Opportunity:Fredrikson & Byron and Medtronic Corporate Headquarters, both in Minneapolis
Hometown:Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Undergraduate Degree:Political Science and International Studies, University of Iowa
This summer, I am interning at Fredrikson & Byron PA and Medtronic Corporate Headquarters. Fredrikson & Byron focuses on an entrepreneurial approach to business law, while Medtronic's legal department deals with employment law and government relations. I am looking forward to testing my 1L legal knowledge in both a firm and corporate environment. I hope that working with experienced attorneys and professionals in different business settings will provide me with a better understanding of how I want to build my own career.
Summer Opportunity:Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Undergraduate Degree:Communications, University of Tampa
This summer, I am interning at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) in St. Louis. The nonprofit organization focuses on providing legal assistance to the low-income community. LSEM handles civil cases in such areas as housing, immigration, consumer, health, and family law. I'll be working on the Youth and Family Advocacy Program, which seeks to break the cycle of homelessness and instability in the lives of vulnerable youth and families through legal services and case management. As a dual JD/MSW and native St. Louisian, I'm looking forward to making a lasting impact on the lives of my community members.
Summer Opportunity:U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland
Undergraduate Degree:Government and Politics, University of Maryland
This summer, I am interning at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland in Baltimore. The U.S. Attorney's Office represents the United States in criminal and civil court on issues ranging from embezzlement to drug trafficking. I am looking forward to developing my research and writing skills, as well as gaining practical experience by interviewing witnesses, attending depositions, meeting with judges, and accompanying the attorneys to trials.
Summer Opportunity:Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Kansas City
Undergraduate Degree:History and Spanish, Ashland University
This summer, I am interning at Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of the Chief Counsel in Kansas City. The Office of Chief Counsel focuses on providing legal support to all of the components of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and assists with the prosecution of deportation, with removal, and with bond proceedings. I am looking forward to gaining exposure to what it is like to work as a federal prosecutor. In addition, I am eager to continue to develop my legal writing and oral advocacy skills, as I will have the opportunity to draft briefs and assist with trial proceedings.
Summer Opportunity:Missouri State Public Defender’s Office
Undergraduate Degree:Philosophy, Truman State University
This summer, I am interning at the Missouri State Public Defender's (MSPD) Office in St. Louis. The MSPD focuses on serving the legal needs of indigent citizens facing criminal charges and convictions. The opportunity to serve people who some may consider as on the "fringes of society" in a large metropolitan area truly excites me. Working with the MSPD will certainly give me unique insight into the work of publicly employed attorneys generally and the field of criminal law specifically.
Summer Opportunity:U.S. Attorney’s Office, St. Louis
Undergraduate Degree:Economics and Political Science with minors in Finance and Corporate Strategy, Vanderbilt University
This summer, I am interning at the U.S. Attorney's Office in St. Louis. The U.S. Attorney's Office focuses on prosecuting a wide variety of federal crimes in the Eastern District of Missouri. In addition to being able to vastly improve my legal research and writing skills, I am excited about the responsibilities I will be given as a 1L intern. I will have the opportunity to assist with victim/witness interviews, grand jury preparation, civil depositions, document and evidence review, and court appearances.
Summer Opportunity:San Diego Law Firm
Undergraduate Degree:International Business and Management, Georgetown University & McDonough School of Business
This summer, I am interning at a law firm in San Diego that focuses on labor and employment law. I'm excited to be able to work with practicing attorneys on real matters and apply the skills learned from my legal writing courses.
Summer Opportunity:Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office
Undergraduate Degree:Philosophy, University of Arizona
This summer, I am interning at the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office in New Jersey. The office focuses on criminal prosecution in Atlantic County, encompassing Atlantic City and the surrounding area. I look forward to gaining practical experience in criminal prosecution, with a focus on domestic violence cases. As an intern, I hope to sharpen my legal research and writing skills.
Summer Opportunity:Legal Aid Society, Louisville, Kentucky
Degree:Economics and Psychology, University of Louisville
This summer, I am interning at the Legal Aid Society in Louisville. Legal Aid strives to help the disadvantaged in resolving civil legal issues. The organization exists in a number of cities throughout the United States, endeavoring to provide a much needed service to individuals who could not otherwise afford it. I expect to work with a number of clients personally, and the experiences I will have with client counseling and procedures will be invaluable to me. The added bonus is that I will be able to learn all of this while helping people within my home town's community.
Summer Opportunity:Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, St. Louis
Hometown:Jefferson City, Missouri
Degree:Public Communication, Truman State University
This summer, I am interning at Lewis, Rice & Fingersh in St. Louis. The firm focuses on all major legal specialty areas. I am looking forward to gaining practical experience in several areas of the law before I decide what my specialty will be.
Summer Opportunity:Korein Tillery, St. Louis
Degree:History, University of Missouri-Columbia
This summer, I am interning at Korein Tillery in St. Louis. The firm focuses on representing plaintiffs in complex litigation. I am looking forward to learning about how the firm navigates through the litigation process. Furthermore, I am excited to be able to work with experienced litigators to improve my legal writing ability.
Summer Opportunity:U.S. District Court and Thompson Coburn, St. Louis
Hometown:Piscataway, New Jersey
Degree:International Business and Marketing, The George Washington University
This summer, I am interning with a Federal District Court Judge, as well as at Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis. I will be working with the law firm's group that focuses on business litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy law. I hope to use my summer internships as a forum to apply what I have learned in law school. The internship with the judge will allow me to explore the possibility of a clerkship upon graduation, while the internship with Thompson Coburn will provide me with the opportunity to explore different legal practice areas. I am grateful for both positions, and I am looking forward to begin working this summer.
Summer Opportunity:Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
Degree:English and Economics, Vanderbilt University
This summer, I am interning at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) in St. Louis, Missouri. The public interest organization's Lasting Solutions Program focuses on providing counseling and legal services to female victims of domestic violence. I look forward to working with an LSEM attorney in preparing briefs and interviewing clients, as well as gaining exposure to the reality of court proceedings. I hope to learn more about litigation and the legal system's interaction with today's gender issues.
Summer Opportunity:U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey
Hometown:Towaco, New Jersey
Degree:Legal Studies and Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
This summer, I am interning at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey in Newark. The court hears creditor-debtor cases for individuals and businesses, overseeing processes such as liquidation and reorganization. I am particularly excited to be able to spend time observing lawyers in the courtroom and learning firsthand about the thought-process involved in drafting judicial opinions. I hope to leave this summer internship with a grasp on the different types of bankruptcy proceedings, as well as with improved legal research and writing skills for any legal practice area.
Summer Opportunity:New Jersey Attorney General’s Office
Hometown:Short Hills, New Jersey
Degree:History and Political Science (with a minor in Classics), University of Pennsylvania
This summer, I am interning at the New Jersey Attorney General's Office in Newark, New Jersey, as well as for a Tax Court Judge in Morristown, New Jersey. The government organization focuses primarily on the Public Utilities Division, but offers the chance to see a lot of different areas of the AG's Office. The Tax Court internship will be an in-depth concentration on tax law jurisprudence. I am really excited about the opportunity to get a wide variety of legal experience. My hope is that I will get an expansive understanding of two different areas of the law to help me better decide which field I want to pursue.
Summer Opportunity:California Appellate Project
Degree:English Literature and Political Science, Arizona State University
This summer, I am interning at the California Appellate Project in San Francisco. The nonprofit organization focuses on providing resources to attorneys for California's Death Row inmates. I will work directly with attorneys on projects such as habeas corpus proceedings and capital punishment conviction appeals. My work as a legal intern will help indigent defendants access to the legal resources they cannot normally afford. It will also help equalize justice by ensuring that their socio-economic status does not limit their access to adequate legal representation.
Summer Opportunity:Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council
Degree:Business Administration with a special concentration in Pre-Law, Sonoma State University
This summer, I am interning at the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council. The public interest organization focuses on ending housing discrimination throughout Missouri and Illinois, through education, counseling, investigation, and enforcement. I am looking forward to working with individuals from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and with persons with disabilities who have been discriminated against in purchasing a home, renting an apartment, obtaining a mortgage, and/or in any other aspect of housing. I hope to gain legal and practical experience in landlord-tenant law, which is an area of law I wish to pursue after graduation.
Summer Opportunity:U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California
Degree:International Relations, Stanford University
This summer, I am interning at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California in San Francisco. The Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office focuses on the prosecution of a variety of federal offenses running the gamut from violent street crimes to white collar crimes. I look forward to working alongside Assistant United States Attorneys and participating in large-scale federal investigations.
Summer Opportunity:Securities and Exchange Commission, New York City
Degree:Political Science, Saint Louis University
This summer, I am interning at the Securities and Exchange Commission in New York City. The SEC focuses on regulating securities and monitoring investment firms for fraud. I came to law school with an interest in financial fraud after the 2008 economic crisis. I'm hoping to become familiar with basic securities law and confirm that working on financial regulation and preventing financial fraud is an area in which I can make a career.
Summer Opportunity:Southern District Court of New York
Hometown:New Rochelle, New York
Degree:Political Science and American Cultural Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
This summer, I am interning at the Southern District Court of New York for the Hon. Cathy Seibel in White Plains, New York. The Southern District Court adjudicates matters involving federal law at the trial stage. I am looking forward to helping in the process of crafting judicial decisions. I hope that through this internship I will be able to better craft my own writing for both law school and my future employment.
Summer Opportunity:Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, St. Louis
Degree:Management with emphasis on Human Resources and Business Ethics, Creighton University
This summer, I am interning with an Administrative Law Judge at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in St. Louis. EEOC Administrative Law Judges focus on hearing employment law claims, such as discrimination or harassment, brought on by federal government employees. With this internship I am excited to be able to explore my practice area of interest, employment law, from a position aiming for unbiased analysis of all facets of a claim. Additionally, I have been advised that working for a judge is invaluable for developing research and writing skills. When I was given the opportunity to work for a judge in my desired practice area of law, it took me all of two seconds to realize I had the offer and then to accept it!
Summer Opportunity:Family Court of the State of New York
Degree:Maritime Law, Shanghai Maritime University
This summer, I am interning at the Family Court of the State of New York in New York City. The family court focuses on matters involving children and families. I will be exposed to on-going litigation through courtroom observation and chambers practice, as well as benefit from the judge's perspective on legal proceedings. During the internship, I will observe and assist with judicial proceedings and work on various legal research and writing assignments. This judicial internship will improve my legal research and writing skills through exposure to specific areas of substantive law and the opportunity to learn about the judicial system from inside the courtroom.
Summer Opportunity:Public Defender Service, Washington, D.C.
Degree:Hospitality Management, University of Missouri-Columbia
This summer, I am interning at the Public Defender Service (PDS) in Washington, D.C. This public interest organization focuses on providing and promoting quality legal representation to those in need and who are facing a loss of liberty. As someone who is interested in being a litigator, I am confident that clerking in the PDS Trial Division will give me valuable pre-trial and courtroom experience. In addition, I've never been to D.C., so I'm looking forward to exploring a new city and being challenged in many different ways.
Summer Opportunity:Monsanto, St. Louis
Hometown:Trinidad and Tobago
Undergraduate Degree:Political Science and History, University of Chicago
This summer, I am interning with Monsanto Company's In-house Counsel team in St. Louis. Monsanto develops seeds with specially designed traits that ensure a better harvest for farmers across the globe. I am looking forward to learning more about global compliance, products liability, and employment law. I am also eager to see how law helps multinational corporations break new ground in emerging markets, while forming mutually beneficial agreements with international governments.
Summer Opportunity:Bryan Cave, St. Louis
Hometown:Fort Dodge, Iowa
Degree:Economics and Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis
This summer, I am interning at Bryan Cave LLP in St. Louis. The firm includes both litigation and transactional practice groups. I look forward to rotating through different practice groups to hone my specific interests in the practice of law, while improving my writing, research, and analytical skills.