Getting an internship or job within a legal setting will expose you to the field. It can also provide you with networking opportunities and hopefully a strong letter of reference. But finding these opportunities as an undergraduate can be daunting. In general, Law Firms do not hire undergraduate interns (preferring to hire law students instead.) But seeking an internship with a non-profit law firm, County Clerk's Offices, Legal Aid societies, the Public Defender and District Attorney’s offices, as well as organizations whose focus aligns with the area of law that you intend to pursue can be worthwhile and fruitful endeavors.
Think of your law school application materials as the pages of your own story. Your goal is to tell a narrative that reinforces what you espouse in your personal statement. For example, if you write about how dedicated to you are to social justice in your personal statement but have zero experience with social justice-related work, your words and passion may fall flat.
It is never too early to garner experiences such as internships. We encourage students to utilize Vanderbilt University’s Career Center to strategize how to approach your respective internship search strategy, as well as to prepare commonly required professional documents such as resumes and cover letters. You can schedule an appointment with a Career Coach by following these steps:
- Click “Students” on this page
- Once you’ve logged in, click “Coaching Appointments” along the left-side toolbar
- Click “Request New Appointment”
- Under “Type”, select “Career Center Coaching for Undergraduate Students” then scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Check Availability”
- From here you can select a time/date that works for you and submit your appointment request!