GEt involved: law students
gain the knowledge and skills of a modern Lawyer
The path most law students have travelled for decades includes stops at civil procedure, contracts, torts, constitutional law, and property.
During the first half of the 20th century, this path alone worked, as the overwhelming majority of law school graduates worked in private practice. But in the past sixty years, expectations of law school graduates have changed substantially. Today’s economy is more complex, interconnected, and regulated. Technology has and continues to augment attorneys’ relationship to work. All the while, firm ownership structures and the lines between work that requires a lawyer and work that can be done by other professionals are being questioned.
The legal market changed and the playbook of the 1950s no longer applies. Susan Hackett, CEO of Legal Executive Leadership, explains: “The way the profession worked before isn’t going to work today. This idea that you would come out of law school, you would develop your singular expertise, and you would pound that nail for the rest of your career is just crazy.”
While lawyers still need that hammer—a deep area of expertise in the law—we believe that today’s lawyers need a host of other tools to be successful. But we also believe that today’s lawyers need a host of other tools to be successful. We help law students develop those tools.
How does it work?
First- and second-year law students from participating law schools can apply to IFLP’s boot camp and internship program. We’ve found that the students who are most successful in the program are entrepreneurial, possess strong analytical and problem solving skills, enjoy working on teams, and can communicate clearly with others.
Accepted students attend a multi-week intensive boot camp following their first or second year of law school. The boot camp curriculum focuses on subjects that are often absent from traditional law school classes, like design thinking, project management, business, technology, and data. We are sensitive to the high cost of a legal education, so currently the boot camp is tuition-free for students.
Following the boot camp, students embark upon a 10-week or 7-month paid internship at an IFLP partner employer. There is no expectation of continued employment following the internship, however many students have been asked to stay on during the school year, and some have been hired following graduation.