Using Law School Students as Interns

I know two New York City law departments that each year bring in a couple of third-year law school students as interns.  The departments pay them a very modest stipend and try to find them tasks that are interesting and useful.

This is a commendable process.  Law school students will welcome something more meaningful to do and they can be low-cost manpower for a department.  The interns can take on administrative tasks that need completion.  Over time, too, if more law departments introduced law students to the in-house alternative, the flow of talent into law departments would continue to improve.  Even if those students never join a law department, as practicing lawyers they will have a smidgen better understanding of the in-house life.

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