Mr. Awkward is a 2006 graduate and majored in European History. During his time at Washington and Lee, he was a member of numerous organizations on campus to include Residential Life, Chi Psi fraternity, Nabors Service League, Gay-Straight Alliance, Multicultural Students Organization, Fancy Dress Committee, Traveller, and Peer Counselors. Mr. Awkward was also the chair of the Annual AIDS Awareness Fundraiser and 2004 W&L Voter Registration Drive. During the summers, Mr. Awkward interned in the Student Affairs Office at Washington and Lee.
Are you considering a job or internship in the legal field? Explore these online resources to get started.
Interested in law school? Check out our Pre-Law Advising resources, which includes a page of law related internship resources. Schedule an appointment to meet with a Career Advisor.
Quicklinks: Job and Internship Resources | Summer Internships & Programs | Gap Year Opportunities | Finding Jobs in the Private Sector | Student Organizations and Departmental Resources | Alumni to Know
- Alliance for Justice
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
- Bronx Defenders - Internships, diversity program and full-time opportunities
- California Senate Fellows Program
- CEI Internship Book - Human Rights
- CEI Internship Book - International Affairs
- CEI Internship Book - Washington Internships in Law and Policy
- CEI Internship Book - Women's Rights
- Common Cause
- National Association for Law Placement -Law firm positions (paralegal, recruiting, human resources, etc.)
- National Legal Aid and Defender Association
- DC Public Defender Services
- Southern Center for Human Rights
- The Washington Center - Internship program
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Visit our Pre-Law Advising page for more information and resources.
- Dream Careers - Pairs students with internship opportunities (including law)
- Goldman Sachs Summer - Legal division opportunities - not always available
- Office of Inspector General - Information and application for law internship (rolling application)
- Kaplan Prep - Top 10 pre-law internship programs
- U.S. Department of Justice - Internship openings; have to be US citizen
- Legal Services for Prisoners with Children - Three internship terms throughout year; focus on social justice
- Institute for Humane Studies - "Intern for freedom (not for free)"; located in Virginia
- U.S. Supreme Court - Must be US citizen; openings in various offices
- Discover Law Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Program - Summer law programs at various campuses
- Sponsors for Educational Opportunity - Various internship openings (including law); aimed towards Black, Hispanic, or Native American students
- Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship with The Washington Center - Current application is for Class of 2020; US citizenship required; includes tuition support and summer 2019 and 2020 internships.
- University of Houston Prelaw Pipeline Program - Law school preparation for students who are first generation, low income, or from underrepresented groups
- LAWbound - Summer preparatory law program; must be of Hispanic heritage
- Paralegal411 - Job board for paralegal positions
- Become a Paralegal - Career advice and resources
- National Federation of Paralegal Associations - Job board and help on how to prepare for a legal career
- Career Builder - Search for paralegal job opportunities
- Law Crossing - Database of legal jobs
- Robert Half Legal - Career resource center and job search
- Policy Jobs - Openings in think tanks as analysts or other jobs
- Brookings Institution - Job openings for conducting research
- U.S. Department of State - List of think tanks and job opportunities
- American Gap Association - Gap year program list and planning resources
- Americorps - Provides variety of programs
- United Way - Volunteer programs (including legal areas) across the country
Lawyers work in a variety of environments in the private sector including corporations (which often require more legal experience), large law firms, and small firms with narrow specialties. Below are tips on starting your law career path post law school. If you have more questions, set up an appointment in Handshake with a career advisor.
- offer a variety of services which means you will practice law involving different issues (corporate law, taxes, real estate)
- research large firms' summer associate program to be prepared and apply early
- participate in on-campus interviews and remember to know who you are interviewing with if you have multiple interviews in a week
- network with alumni and others in the legal profession to learn more about the industry and get interviewing tips
- can either practice in several areas or have a focus in a certain specialized area
- less structured hiring cycle, so it is important to research multiple firms to know when they have an opening
- very important to network; job offers often depend on recommendations from others
- look into gaining some attorney experience since smaller firms may not have as much training opportunities
- seek informational interviews to learn more about the industry or specific firm
- Mock Trial - Washington and Lee Mock Trial provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking and public speaking skills and an understanding of the American justice system and its practices and procedures through preparing for and engaging in trial simulations in competition with teams from other colleges and universities. The organization will participate in competitions under the aegis of the American Mock Trial Association, and in other mock trial competitions as the organization's governing body deems to be in the best interest of the organization.
- Hearing Advisor Program - Hearing Advisors support, advise, and assist students accused of an honor or conduct violation in preparing and presenting their cases to the Executive Committee, the Student Judicial Council, and the Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Board.
One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with professionals. Below are alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource to you. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by Career and Professional Development to get started.
To learn about and network with more alumni in the industry, visit the WLUalum Twitter!