Summer Law Intern Program Eligibility

Applications for the 2015 Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) will be accepted from current law students who have completed at least one semester of full-time study by the September 2, 2014, application deadline. First-year, first-semester law students are not eligible. In addition, a failing law school grade disqualifies SLIP applicants who would intern prior to law school graduation.  The majority of SLIP hires intern the summer following the second year of law school; however, third-year law students entering judicial clerkships, legal fellowships, Presidential Management Fellowships, or full-time graduate law programs may intern between law school graduation and the start of their clerkship, fellowship, or LL.M. program. Applicants graduating in winter 2014 through spring 2015 who are applying for but have not yet accepted clerkships/fellowships should apply to the Honors Program and transfer to the SLIP upon accepting an offer.  Applicants are not required to attend an ABA accredited law school.

 Check Your Eligibility

To determine whether you are eligible to apply for the for the 2015 Summer Law Intern Program select the link that best describes your current law school status.


Full-time law students: You are eligible if you are currently attending law school and have completed at least one full semester of law school by the application deadline.

Part-time law students: You are eligible if you are currently attending law school and have completed the equivalent of one semester of full-time law school by the application deadline.

Law Students Graduating in the 2014-2015 academic year: You are eligible if you will graduate from law school in the 2014-2015 academic year and you meet one of the conditions below:

  • You will enter a judicial clerkship within 9 months after law school graduation, or
  • You will begin a full-time graduate law program (e.g., LL.M.) within 9 months after law school graduation. (Law school graduates who begin non-legal graduate programs, such as MBA or Ph.D programs, are not eligible.)
  • You will enter a Presidential Management Fellowship or qualifying Legal Fellowship within 9 months after law school graduation.
     

    AND

    You are available to work during summer 2015.

    If you are applying for, but have not yet accepted a clerkship, fellowship, or a graduate law program, your application will be routed to the Attorney General's Honors Program. If you later accept a clerkship, fellowship, or are accepted into a graduate law program, you may re-enter your application, add the specific clerkship/fellowship/graduate law program information, and transfer your application to the Summer Law Intern Program. The system will prompt you to select components participating in the SLIP (participating components differ between Programs). This option remains open until the Department finalizes its Summer Law Intern Program hiring pools, generally in early- to mid-October.

Joint-degree law students (J.D./LL.M.): You are eligible if you are a current joint-degree student who is simultaneously pursuing a law degree and a graduate law degree (e.g., J.D./LL.M.) who has completed at least one semester of law school by the application deadline. If you will complete academic requirements for both degrees, including a thesis, if required, and graduate from both programs in academic year 2014-15 please see the comments in paragraph C, above.

  • You cannot practice as an attorney (engage in significant legal employment) between completion of law school academic requirements and completion of graduate law studies)

Joint-degree law students (J.D./Masters, Ph.D., etc): You are eligible if you are a current joint degree student who is simultaneously pursuing a law degree and a non-legal graduate degree (e.g., J.D./MBA or J.D./Ph.D.) who has completed at least one semester of law school (equivalent to full-time law study) by the application deadline. You do not currently have to be taking law classes (e.g., the current or future semester may be study directed toward the other degree). If you will complete academic requirements for both degrees, including a thesis, if required, and graduate from both programs in academic year 2014-15 please see the comments in paragraph C, above.

  • You cannot practice as an attorney (engage in significant legal employment) between completion of law school academic requirements and completion of graduate studies).

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