Summer 2021 Trial Advocacy Internship Program

Sponsored by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association Mentorship Committee


Program

The Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (“OCTLA”) Mentorship Committee has established an Internship Program to introduce a diverse group of law students to the plaintiffs’ bar generally and to the OCTLA specifically.  The Internship Program (the “Program”) will allow selected students to observe the work of trial attorneys as part of a summer-long mentoring program.  Interns will gain exposure to the work of trial attorneys by “shadowing” three mentor law firms, each for a four week period.  Interns will attend depositions, hearings, settlement proceedings, and possibly even trial with their mentors.  They will also have the opportunity to work on short-duration projects, including a writing assignment.

Eligibility

The Program is open to law students who (1) have completed at least their first year of law school (or equivalent); (2) exhibit a diversity of traits and attributes in age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic factors or national origin or demonstrate a commitment to fostering such diversity within the legal community; and (3) demonstrate a strong interest in and/or commitment to representing plaintiffs in civil actions.

Three Internships will be awarded.  The Interns will be selected based on information provided in the written application materials, including the applicant’s commitment to the goals of diversity and interest in representing plaintiffs in civil actions.  Other factors include past work experience and relevant coursework.  Applicants selected for consideration based on the written materials will then be personally interviewed by members of the OCTLA Mentorship Committee.  The Interns will be selected following the interviews.

Details

The program will run for 12 weeks – May 17 through August 6, 2021.  Interns will be asked to commit to a minimum of 40 hours per week for 12 weeks during the summer.  Each intern will be assigned to three different Mentor Firms, each for a 4-week period.  The Mentor Firms vary by practice areas and by size.  All Mentor Firms represent plaintiffs in civil actions; the practice areas include personal injury, employment, civil rights, and consumer law.  Interns will primarily “shadow” senior attorneys at the Mentor Firms and secondarily assist in discrete projects within the Mentor Firm.  The goal is to provide Interns with the opportunity to observe a number of different trial lawyers during different aspects of litigation, including conducting depositions, attending hearings, meeting with clients, or trial.  Mentors will ensure that the Interns are primarily engaged in observing a variety of tasks confronting trial lawyers in advocating on behalf of clients.  At the end of the Program, Interns will be required to complete a written evaluation and an exit interview.

Intern Application Process

Students seeking consideration for a Internship must submit their application no later than February 1, 2021. Based upon qualifications, the OCTLA Internship Selection Committee will invite applicants to be interviewed. Interviews will be scheduled throughout the months of February and March, 2021.  Students selected for the Internship will be notified in March.

Each applicant should submit the following:

  1.  Application (click here for application)
  2.  Current Resume
  3.  Personal Statement
    • Applicants should discuss their interest and, if applicable, commitment to representing plaintiffs in civil actions and how they believe the Program will further that goal.
    • Applicants should also discuss their view on the role of protecting consumer rights in the practice of law.

Mentor Firms

The goal of a Mentor Firm is to provide the interns with a tremendous opportunity to observe a number of different trial lawyers during various aspects of litigation, including attending/conducting depositions, attending hearings, meeting with clients, settlement proceedings, and possibly even trial with their mentors.

If you are interested in participating as a Mentor Firm, please contact OCTLA at 949-916-9577 or info@OCTLA.org

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