I visited with first year SMU law students about judicial internship opportunities. I have a challenging summer internship program for two rising second year law students. The program is designed to help them develop their professional and job search skills.
We begin with on-campus interviews like they will do when firms come to campus. Once here, we work extensively on professional debate, oral presentation, legal writing, and appellate argument skills. We have Friday Morning Fun and Games exercises where the interns practice extemporaneous debate skills, and we end the summer with the interns arguing a recent case in the courtroom before a panel of sitting judges based on the actual briefs and record as though it were the actual case argument. During their internship, we also develop and hone their legal analysis and writing skills. My briefing lawyers help them with mock job interviews.
I enjoy working with soon to be new lawyers to develop skills that will help them better serve their clients and our profession.