Summer 2020 Opportunities
The Career Services Office at KU Law is working closely with employers, government agencies, judges and nonprofits to ensure our law students have enriching legal experiences this summer.
KU Law is offering five programs for students during summer 2020:
- KU Law Legal Corps internships and pro bono service projects
- Research assistant positions with KU Law faculty
- Summer internship opportunities
- Advance Care Planning Clinic offering free legal services to health care workers
- Increased support through the Public Interest Stipend Program
Additional information about summer opportunities, jobs, internships and stipend programs is listed below. Full program descriptions and job listings for several programs are available on Symplicity. For more information about these programs, contact Assistant Dean for Career Services Heather Spielmaker (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Career Services Director Stacey Blakeman (email@example.com).
A new project at KU Law aims to meet community needs for legal services and provide hands-on learning to law students. Through the KU Law Legal Corps, students will bolster their legal research and writing skills while working on projects such as preparing documents, assessing community legal needs, and summarizing recent court decisions.
Summer 2020 projects include paid internships with Kansas Legal Services, as well as unpaid, pro bono opportunities with regional nonprofit organizations and government agencies.
KU Law Legal Corps - Pro Bono Projects
There are several pro bono project opportunities available this summer. Students will have the chance to work with organizations including:
- Access to Justice Committee of the Kansas Supreme Court
- The Willow Domestic Violence Center
- Legal Aid of Western Missouri
- Douglas County CASA
A list of available positions that includes full position descriptions, project duration, weekly work hours, requirements and application instructions will be shared with students by email.
Deadline: May 20 (deadline extended)
Eligibility: Current law students or recent graduates; varies by position
Number of positions available: Multiple positions
To apply: Application instructions will be shared with students by email. Contact Assistant Dean Heather Spielmaker (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Kansas Legal Services Internships
Kansas Legal Services will offer multiple paid summer internships to students or recent graduates with a strong commitment to public service. Interns will work under the supervision of KLS staff attorneys while having the opportunity to participate in casework, primarily on debt collection and housing issues. Interns may be able to work remotely but are encouraged to work in one of their statewide offices to learn about rural legal practice.
Deadline: May 6
Eligibility: Current law students or recent graduates
Number of positions available: Multiple positions
To apply: To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Heather File, Human Resource Coordinator, Kansas Legal Services at email@example.com. Please include a summary of other summer commitments.
Gaining experience through KU Law Legal Corps
Natasha Veenis, L’22
This summer, I had the opportunity to intern for the Kansas Legal Services (KLS) in their Wichita, Kansas office. KLS is a non-profit organization that gives legal aid to the most vulnerable Kansans. Since you can only receive a court-appointed attorney for criminal cases, the KLS organization provides legal aid for a vast array of civil cases. At KLS, I interned under Danielle Saunders and focused primarily on domestic, family, juvenile, adoption and social security legal issues.
Before this summer, I was not sure what type of law I wanted to practice. But this internship revealed to me that my passion rests in advocating for those who feel voiceless and striving to give them the justice they deserve. Particularly, I am interested in pursuing a career in family law with a focus on domestic and sexual assault victims because I loved working on cases where I felt I was really making a difference.
There are numerous research assistant positions and other KU Law student jobs available for the summer. Research assistant work may include assisting with book or law review article projects; editing; researching legal issues; collecting and analyzing data; and other tasks. Positions cover a wide range of legal topic areas, including international law, corporate social responsibility, intellectual property, environmental law, tax law and others.
A list of available positions that includes full position descriptions, project duration, weekly work hours, requirements and application instructions will be shared with students by email. Positions will also be posted on Symplicity.
Deadline: May 7; some position deadlines have been extended to May 13
Eligibility: Professors will hire students who meet the position requirements and can successfully complete the job responsibilities. Eligibility guidelines and requirements vary by position. When narrowing down the applicant pool, preference will be given to students who do not have other opportunities lined up this summer.
Number of positions available: 20
To apply: Application instructions vary for each research assistant position. See the listings on Symplicity for full application instructions.
Summer internship opportunities are updated regularly on Symplicity. Students, log in to Symplicity for full listings and instructions on how to apply.
During the pop-up Advance Care Planning Clinic, KU School of Law Medical-Legal Partnership licensed attorneys, law students and pro bono private bar attorneys will provide free legal services to essential workers in health care settings. The clinic will help with completing advance directives and simple estate planning documents. All of the clinic’s services will operate remotely, from training students and pro bono attorneys, to conducting client interviews and document execution. Ten KU Law students have been selected to assist in preparing these legal documents.
Deadline: April 17
Eligibility: Open to current or graduating KU Law students. Special consideration given to students who have already participated in the Medical-Legal Partnership, as well as to those who have either had experience with estate planning through other internships and/or those who have had related coursework.
Number of positions available: 10
To apply: Student positions for this program have been filled.
Through the generous support of the Bradley Family, the Bremyer Fund and the Public Interest Law Student Fund, KU Law offers stipends to help students offset the expenses incurred when they take legal positions that will provide 240+ hours of work.
Deadline: March 30. Requests received after March 30 will be reviewed on a rolling basis if funds are still available.
Eligibility: Students who are enrolled and in good standing at KU Law, who have a qualifying offer as a 1L or 2L, or a qualifying offer through the 6th Semester in Washington, D.C. Program as a 3L. Learn more about positions eligible for each stipend fund on the summer 2020 stipend program poster.
Number of positions available: Varies
To apply: The initial deadline for the 2020 stipend program has passed. To submit an application for late consideration, please contact the Career Services Office.