Not all Paralegal programs are created equal. As an American Bar Association approved four-year degree program, MSUM’s required internship helps students gain valuable, real-world experience to prepare for paralegal careers or law school. The practical, hands-on immersion into the field reinforces a commitment to the profession and helps students narrow a career path. These networking contacts are invaluable for students seeking a permanent position after graduation.Students secure their own internship, so the possibilities are endless and flexible. In its 25-year history, students have interned at more than 160 agencies in 12 states. However, most students intern in the tri-state area at private law firms, corporate offices, state and federal offices, nonprofit organizations, and government aid agencies. A sample:
Each year, several of about a dozen paralegal graduates pursue law school at the University of Minnesota and University of North Dakota, among others.
“I was looking for a program that would prepare me for law school, but I wasn’t 100% certain about that path. MSUM’s paralegal major is a four-year program approved by the American Bar Association. If I decided that I didn’t want to pursue law school, I still had a four-year degree that would land me a career in the field I wanted.”Amy Schutt, Class of 2010 Interned at Kennelly & O’Keefe | Attending University of Minnesota Law School“I was very well prepared for my internship. The attorneys immediately put me in a situation where I was researching complex topics of law and writing briefs. In some instances the attorneys didn’t want a written brief, but rather wanted a verbal presentation of my findings. My internship solidified my desire to go to law school and showed me that I would love practicing law. The program prepared me very well for law school. Several of the U.S. attorneys commented on the high quality their interns. I am proud to be a part of the paralegal department at MSUM. One of the attorneys commented on the fact that the three top students in her class at UND Law were graduates from our program.” Brent Jaenicke, Class of 2011Interned at U.S. District Court | Attending University of North Dakota Law School “The North Dakota United States Attorney’s office has several MSUM graduates as full-time employees and has offered internships for MSUM students. The MSUM paralegal interns have exceptional research and writing skills and are eager to accept any project, whether related to civil or criminal work, that any of our Assistant U.S. States Attorneys present to them. Several of the paralegal interns have continued their internship with our office for additional weeks to gain even more experience and exposure than is required for their MSUM degree. We would definitely seek out some of the individuals we have had intern in our office if openings were available.”Lou Ann LeeSupervisory Paralegal Specialist | United States Attorney's Office
Natasha Smith talks about her experience