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.

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago will serve as one of three host schools for the 2019 foundational boot camp.

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in Chicago will serve as one of three host schools for the 2019 foundational boot camp.

2019 Participating Schools

In 2019 we are proud to partner with these innovative law schools in the US, Canada, and Europe. Students from these schools are eligible to apply to the Institute for the Future of Law Practice boot camp and internship program.

Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School

Bucerius Law School (Hamburg, Germany)

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Georgetown Law

IE Law School (Madrid, Spain)

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Michigan State University College of Law

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Osgoode Hall Law School

Santa Clara University School of Law

Southern University Law Center

Suffolk University Law School

Syracuse University College of Law

University of Calgary Law

University of Colorado School of Law

University of Miami School of Law

University of Richmond School of Law

Vanderbilt University Law School

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The application period opens for current 2Ls on November 1, 2019, and for current 1Ls on December 1, 2019. Check back on or after that date to complete your online application to participate in the IFLP boot camp and internship program. You will need to submit a resume and cover letter with your application.