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Internships can be viewed as an opportunity for a trainee to gain an overall understanding of the legal system. Corporate in-houses, private firms, government and non-profit agencies, as well as judges at all levels can appoint internships. Law students wishing to gain experience in legal field and also wanting to have an excellent view of what the practice of law is, can think of perusing internships. They perform research and write memoranda; manage case files; perform administrative duties such as filing, copying staffing receptionists desks; assist with preparation for trials, hearings, and depositions; attend client meetings; assist constituents; attend trials, hearings, arguments, and depositions; research legislative histories, etc. Interns are also usually involved in writing articles and contributing to the booklets on specific legal topics. Internships are generally unpaid. However, internships may qualify for academic credit. The interns are assigned a supervisor, or a mentor. They work under the supervision, and with the assistance of, experienced lawyers. During summers, internships are usually offered for the full time. Grade point average and class rank, participation in extracurricular activities, oral and written communication skills, interest in public service, and prior employment are all considering factors for students to be selected for internships. Every effort is generally made to accommodate interns areas of interest. Preferences of the students are well taken into consideration, as well as divisions workloads and hiring needs. Some rotation may be possible. The students work is always evaluated and constructive criticism is also provided. An internship is a great way to earn academic credit, gain relevant work experience, and build resume.

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