All paralegal students are required to
complete an internship prior to graduation. The internship is designed
to acquaint the student with the actual practice of law by working as a
paralegal under the supervision of an attorney. The student gains
experience by applying knowledge from prior classroom training, and the
law office gains an eager worker.
The objectives of the internship experience are:
Prior to the internship, the student must satisfactorily complete the following courses and submit the Prerequisite form:
In addition, the student must have
attained a 2.25 GPA in Paralegal courses and must attend an
informational internship meeting before commencing the internship.
These meetings are held during the first
few weeks of the each semester. The purpose is to explain the
requirements and process of the internship. Former interns attend these
meeting to make informal presentations about their experiences and to
answer questions from prospective interns.
After your internship is completed, your
supervising attorney will be asked to complete and evaluation form,
which will be sent out by the faculty internship coordinator.
Returning interns should attend an internship
meeting at the beginning of the semester following their internship.
The purpose is to give an informal
presentation to prospective interns and to answer any questions they may
Your presentation should include
such things as how you got your internship, the tasks you performed, the most
interesting and least interesting aspects, any difficulties you encountered and
how they were resolved, how it compared to class work, how you were treated in
the office, and any other suggestions or comments you feel would be useful.
Grading is on the basis of “P” or “F”. In most instances, the requirements for the
internship will not be completed by the end of the semester, and a grad of “IP”
(in progress) will be assigned. The
grade will be changed after all reports and the final paper are submitted.
Timesheet Agreement Activity Report Past Internship Sites Supervising Attorney Information Reference Request Form
Kayla Peterson, Paralegal Major