Good advice about law-student internships

A piece in the ACC Docket, Vol. 27, July/Aug. 2009 at 26, describes internship programs at the law departments of RSM McGladrey and Piper Jaffay. The lessons they have learned include, especially, that you have to plan for the internship, organize it well, and make sure there is “benefit to the student.” As to the latter, it is essential for the internship to benefit the student for it to comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act requirements for unpaid employees. Internships can benefit both the law student and the law department, so long as the law department provides interesting and appropriate projects and ample feedback (See my post of March 19, 2009: interns from law school with 6 references.).

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