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. 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 served as one of three host schools for the 2019 foundational boot camp.

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

Member Schools

For the 2019-20 academic year we are proud to partner with these innovative law schools in the US, Canada, and Europe. More schools are being added as they become IFLP members.

American University Washington College of Law

Bucerius Law School

BYU J. Reuben Clark Law School

Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

DePaul University College of Law

Emory University School of Law

Georgetown Law

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

Michigan State University College of Law

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Ohio State University Moritz College of Law

Osgoode Hall Law School

Southern University Law Center

Suffolk University Law School

Syracuse University College of Law

University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law

University of Calgary

University of California Hastings Law School

University of Colorado Law School

University of Houston Law Center

University of Oklahoma College of Law

University of Richmond School of Law

University of South Carolina School of Law

University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Vanderbilt University Law School

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Windsor Law

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The 2020 IFLP Boot Camp and Internship program is open for students who attend an IFLP Member School in the United States. Applications for Canadian and European students at an IFLP Members School will open in mid-November 2019.