Take the concepts you’re learning in the classroom and apply them to real-world situations by participating in an internship! In addition to making meaningful connections in a potential career field and boosting your resume, you’ll also gain experience to set you apart from other applicants and help you figure out what career path you want to take after graduation.
Located within walking distance from Downtown Orlando, the Department of Legal Studies has relationships with hosts across the city. Our host partners work in a variety of fields from private law firms, city and county government offices, Circuit Public Defender's to State Attorney's Offices.
February 1, 2021
How To Get Started
Read the following six tips and requirements before applying to our internship program.
Be a Legal Studies major.
Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Be in senior standing during the semester you intend to take the internship.
Complete core (Legal Research, Legal Writing and Professionalism) prior to the semester you plan on taking an internship. (You may not be taking any of these classes during the semester of your internship.)
Complete a Pre-Internship Module (must be enrolled in Professionalism, or have already completed it, to be admitted to the module).
- For example, if you want a fall internship, then you need to do the module by the summer before. For a spring internship, the module needs to be done in fall at the latest.
- The department does not provide paid internships. However, if you find a paying internship on your own and it is approved by the internship coordinator, you are welcome to use it.
- An internship is a commitment of 180 hours during a semester with a required minimum 10 hours per week over a minimum of three days per week. You may not frontload your hours in the beginning of the semester. Please treat this as you would a real job. If you are terminated by your internship host, the department will not intervene.
- You will be responsible for the InPlace fee required in order to participate.
I was fortunate enough to work with Ms. Lee Lombardy at the City of Orlando. Ms. Lombardy handles a number of personal litigation cases brought against the city. From the moment I arrived, she welcomed me and went beyond my expectations in helping me learn the ropes. Almost immediately I was given projects to work on, and when something needed changing or altered, there were great teaching moments. Additionally, I always felt my perspective was valued."