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Interns in the state offices participate in state outreach activities, as well as assisting the state staff. Work closely with constituents, hone their research and writing skills, and learn a multitude of office skills.
Duration: mid-August to the end of December.
The candidate must have a JD degree and be licensed to practice in South Dakota, or willing and qualified to take the next South Dakota Bar Exam. Must be a bright, motivated, self-starter. Must have the tenacity to assume immediate practice responsibilities, including handling a significant caseload touching on many different areas of law with regular appearances in court. Must demonstrate an interest in poverty law and working with Native American and low i...
Interns will, under the supervision of staff attorneys and tribal court paralegals, be assigned a variety of legal tasks and practice responsibilities. Will handle: Legal Research, Observing Court Proceedings, Interviewing Witnesses, Settlement Negotiations, Pre-Trial Discovery, Appellate Advocacy, Correspondence, Trial Practice, Drafting Documents. Areas of Practice Exposure will include: Employment, Public Benefits, Domestic Violence, Housing, Disability ...
Law students will be researching constituent inquiries and requests, participation in outreach activities, assisting staff on special projects, handling phone calls and constituent requests and sorting mail. Students will work closely with constituents and staff, polish their research and writing skills and gain an in-depth understanding of a Senate office.
Application Deadline: Spring Semester: October 15th.
Volunteer Legal Internship Program (Fall)
The candidate should have good grades. Students commit to 20 hours / week during Fall. Candidate should apply directly 4-5 months in advance of desired start date. 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls candidate may apply.
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Intern may be asked to do a variety of things, including day-to-day office work such as answering phones, writing letters and assisting with media clips. In addition, interns may be assigned to assist in various constituent case work or work on District-based projects of importance.
Term Law Clerk
The Honorable Judge Jeffrey L. Viken
The law clerk's duties include daily case filings review, legal research, and preparing draft opinions and orders. The term clerk is responsible for preparing trial memoranda, providing in-court legal research, and clerking a significant number of criminal and civil jury trials. Must have excellent writing skills. Class standing in Top 20% preferred. Law review/journal experience is desired. Moot Court participation is a...