Political Science

Guidelines for Paralegal Studies 4010: Paralegal Internship


Purpose

The Paralegal Internship program is a special course in which a student works for a law firm or law-related agency in order to observe the workings of the legal system in practice and gain paralegal work experience.

Requirements for Admission

  1. Junior or Senior year standing
  2. Minimum 2.5 grade point average, overall
  3. Completed application (23 KB)
  4. Conference with Internship Director in advance of registration
  5. Acceptance by approved law-firm or agency

Academic Credit

Three (3) credits may be earned from PLEG 4010 - Paralegal Internship. At least 120 contact hours working for the law firm or agency are required to earn the three credits. This class is a graded class. IT IS NOT PASS/FAIL.

Course Requirements

  1. A final report of approximately 8 - 10 typed pages should be delivered to the Internship Director prior to the last day of classes of the semester in which the intern is registered. This paper should include a brief description of the firm or agency and the type of law practiced there; your duties and activities on the job; a discussion of how your job responsibilities relate to what you have learned in your paralegal studies courses; a discussion of what you learned about law and the legal system from your experience; and a candid evaluation of the job experience - include both positive and negative aspects and indicate whether you would recommend this internship to another student.
  2. A written note from the intern's supervisor must be mailed, emailed or delivered to the Internship Director prior to the last day of classes of the semester in which the intern is registered. This note should verify the number of hours worked, duties and activities of the intern, and general deportment and work quality of the intern. The intern is responsible for seeing that her/his supervisor sends such a note so that it arrives prior to the last day of classes of the affected semester.
  3. A printable list of required courses can be obtained by clicking here.