IFLP Boot Camp & Internship Program FAQs
+ WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND TIMELINE
For students attending U.S. law schools the application and employer matching timeline is:
- September 16, 2019: Online application opens for all students
- November 30, 2019: Application closes
- November 1 - December 31, 2019: IFLP interviews candidates on a rolling basis
- December 1, 2019 - January 31, 2020 - employer matching for qualified candidates
Please note that interviews and employer matching occur on a rolling basis, so in order to have access to the largest pool of internships we encourage students to apply as early as possible.
The timeline for law students at Canadian and European law schools is still being determined. The application will likely open in mid-November. More information to be provided soon.
+ WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY TO THE IFLP PROGRAM?
Law students who attend member law schools and wish to apply to the the IFLP Boot Camp & Internship Program must complete the online application form and upload the following documents: resume, cover letter to IFLP, and writing assessment (instructions included in application).
Applicants must also complete the Procertas Legal Technology Assessment for Word and Excel and obtain a "Qualified" level of proficiency in each program. After you complete the IFLP online application form you will be invited by Procertas to the Legal Technology Assessment.
+ WHAT SHOULD MY COVER LETTER ADDRESS?
Your cover letter should be directed to the Institute for the Future of Law Practice. We recommend that your cover letter include why you are interested in participating in 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. You may also want to mention specialized skills you have related to disciplines that are taught in the IFLP boot camp, including business and financial operations, product/project management, process improvement, technology usage and/or coding, data analysis, and design thinking.
+ WHO QUALIFIES FOR AN IFLP INTERVIEW AND WHAT IS THE INTERVIEW LIKE?
Applicants who complete an online application and obtain a “Qualified” level of proficiency in Word and Excel on the Procertas Legal Technology Assessment will be eligible for an interview by IFLP. The interview is a 25 - 30 minute structured interview in which candidates are asked questions about their past experiences. Two interviewers, who are IFLP program alumni, will conduct each interview via a video conferencing app. Applicants must attain the threshold score or higher on the interview in order to be eligible to be matched with internship employers.
+ WHAT IS INVOLVED IN EMPLOYER MATCHING?
Candidates who are eligible to be matched with internship employers will be promoted to the pool of available employers. Candidates’ preferences for geographical location and employer type will be taken into consideration when they are presented to employers. Each employer has its own specific hiring criteria and interviewing processes in which students will have to engage. Employers will make offers to applicants who they wish to hire. Students must accept an offer of employment by an IFLP-affiliated employer in order to be admitted into the Boot Camp & Internship Program.
+ WHO CAN HELP ME WITH THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS?
Look for an in-person information session about IFLP’s Boot Camp & Internship Program to be held at member schools in the fall. Each member school has appointed a faculty liaison to the IFLP program who can answer questions about the application process. If you do not know who your faculty liaison is you can contact IFLP at firstname.lastname@example.org to be referred. You should also connect with the career development office at your school for assistance with resume and cover letter writing, interview advice, and consultation regarding employers.
Boot Camp FAQs
+ WHAT ARE THE DATES AND LOCATIONS FOR THE NEXT BOOT CAMPS?
Three Foundational Boot Camps will be held in May 2020 in Boulder, Chicago, and Toronto. The start date will be either May 11 or 18, and there is a possibility that different locations will start on one of these 2 dates. The boot camp will run for 3 weeks. Students are asked in their application to select the location they prefer. IFLP will make every attempt to honor those requests.
+ HOW MUCH DOES THE BOOT CAMP COST?
No tuition will be charged in 2020 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. The University of Colorado offers student housing at a reasonable rate for those students attending the boot camp in Boulder. The University of Toronto has a student residence a couple of blocks away from the boot camp location that may have some reasonably priced accommodations. See https://www.chestnut.utoronto.ca/.
+ WHEN DO INTERNSHIPS BEGIN AND END?
All internships begin immediately following the Foundational Boot Camp, in early June 2020. The 10-week summer internships will end in mid-August 2020. The 7-month field placements will end by December 31, 2020.
+ 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 $1350/week. Students who work for public service employers can expect to be paid a stipend of between $4000 - $8000 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.