Law Student FAQs
+ WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY TO THE IFLP PROGRAM?
Law students who are attending participating law schools who wish to apply for the the IFLP program must complete the online application form and upload the following documents: resume, cover letter, and writing assessment (instructions included in application).
+ WHEN CAN I APPLY?
The application form opens for 2L students on November 1 and for 1L students on December 1. The application closes after January 31. If you would like to have access to all employment opportunities we recommend that you apply by December 31.
+ WHAT SHOULD MY COVER LETTER ADDRESS?
Your cover letter should be directed to the Institute for the Future of Law Practice. We are a virtual company, so no address is necessary. We recommend that your cover letter address why you are interested in applying for the IFLP boot camp and internship program. Consider highlighting your experiences or skills that are central to IFLP's program: entrepreneurship, strong analytical and problem solving skills, working on teams, and communicating clearly with others.
+ WHEN MUST SCHOOLS SUBMIT STUDENT NOMINATIONS FOR THE IFLP PROGRAM?
Each participating school has an allocated number of students that it can nominate for the IFLP program. Designated people from your school will review all applications and they will engage in a process to nominate that number of students. Each school has its own process and timeline, so you should contact your IFLP faculty liaison for those details. Students who are nominated by January 1 will have access to all employment opportunities, and students nominated after January 1 will have access to all available employment opportunities.
+ HOW WILL I LEARN IF MY SCHOOL NOMINATES ME FOR THE IFLP PROGRAM?
After your school nominates students, IFLP will inform all applicants if they have been nominated by their schools.
+ WHEN WILL EMPLOYER MATCHING BEGIN AND END?
Employer matching will begin on January 15th and continue until all participating employers have hired an intern. We expect that matching will take place through at least February, and may take longer depending on employer hiring procedures.
+ What is the structured interview that IFLP conducts and when will it take place?
All applicants who are nominated by their school will be interviewed by IFLP and must achieve a threshold score on a structured interview in order to be eligible to be matched with employers. The structured interview focuses on foundational behaviors and skills that are necessary to become high-functioning legal professionals within a complex and collaborative work setting. IFLP’s structured interview focuses on five key attributes:
- Problem Solving & Analytical Skills
- Interpersonal Skills
All interviews will take place through a video-conferencing platform like Skype or Google Hangouts. Applicants will be advised that they must schedule an interview when they are notified that they have been nominated by their school.
Boot Camp FAQs
+ WHAT ARE THE DATES FOR THE NEXT BOOT CAMPS?
The next Foundational Boot Camps will be held over 3 weeks, from Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 31, 2019. The next Advanced Boot Camp will be held at a time to be determined, likely in August 2019.
+ WHERE ARE THE 2019 BOOT CAMPS BEING HELD?
Three simultaneous sessions of the 2019 Foundational Boot Camp will be held at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. Students are asked in their application to select the location they prefer. IFLP will make every attempt to honor those requests. The location for the 2019 Advanced Boot Camp is to be determined.
University of Colorado Law School
Wolf Law Building | 401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Boulder, Colorado USA 80309
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL USA 60611
Osgoode Professional Development
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
1 Dundas Street West, 26th Floor
Toronto ON Canada M5G 1Z3
+ HOW MUCH DOES THE BOOT CAMP COST?
No tuition will be charged in 2019 for law students to participate in the Foundational Boot Camp. However, students are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and food expenses for the three week boot camp. These costs will vary based on individual needs and location.
+ WHERE SHOULD I STAY WHEN ATTENDING THE BOOT CAMP?
Students must arrange their own lodging. If they need help IFLP may be able to direct them to local resources, but short term rental sites like AirBnB, Home Away, and Craigslist are likely the best place to start looking. Public transportation in Chicago and Toronto is excellent so it is not necessary to stay within walking distance of the host school.
+ WHEN DO INTERNSHIPS BEGIN AND END?
In 2019, 10-week summer internships will begin on or shortly after June 3 and will end by August 9. The 7-month field placements will also begin on or shortly after June 3 and will end by December 31.
+ HOW MUCH DO IFLP INTERNSHIPS PAY?
IFLP recommends that private sector internship employers pay 10-week summer interns $25/hour or more, for full time work. We recommend that 7-month interns are paid a salary of at least $1,350/week. Students who work for public service employers can expect to be paid a stipend of between $3,000 - $8,000 for the summer, depending on the employer and the funding source for the internship.
+ IF ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWING (OCI) STARTS BEFORE MY SUMMER INTERNSHIP ENDS HOW CAN I FULLY PARTICIPATE?
We are aware that some schools start OCI before the end of the 10-week summer internships, and we recognize that participating in OCI is of utmost importance for many students. Internship employers understand this too, and in the past they have been flexible so that their interns can fully participate in OCI. If your school starts OCI before the end of your internship, then you should bring this to the attention of your internship employer early in your relationship so you can work out in advance how you will address this issue. You may wish to ask for days off to participate in OCI, or ask to end your internship early so you can get back to campus. Raising this early is important so that your employer is aware and you can negotiate a solution that works for both of you.
+ CAN I DO A SECOND INTERNSHIP AFTER I’VE ALREADY DONE A 10-WEEK SUMMER INTERNSHIP?
Yes. Students who have done a summer internship following their first year of law school are eligible and encouraged to apply for a 7-month field placement the next year.
+ IF I GET A JOB OUTSIDE OF IFLP WITH AN EMPLOYER THAT WOULD LIKE ME TO ATTEND THE BOOT CAMP, CAN I?
Maybe. If you attend a participating law school and there is room in the boot camp you would like to attend, then you may be able to participate in the boot camp if you meet all the program requirements. If you would like to connect your employer with IFLP we will discuss with them how they can become an IFLP employer.