Advice for First Year Students Seeking Summer Jobs
We encourage students interested in business law (whether transactional, litigation or regulation) to use the summer after the first year to gain valuable experience that will help them later in practice. For some students, the best way to get experience will be in a law firm. Yet there are many other ways to get valuable experience. For example, students interested in doing transactional work can benefit from a summer internship in a corporation. Those interested in corporate litigation or mergers and acquisitions should consider pursuing an internship with a specialty court (such as the Delaware Chancery Court). Students interested in corporate crime, or securities fraud enforcement should consider internships with the Securities Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and the divisions of various State Attorney General and District Attorney’s offices that focus on fraud.
Private Sector Jobs
Career services has good information on law firm jobs. In addition to considering law firms, 1L students should consider spending a summer in the legal office or business (contracting) office of a firm. Many firms will hire law students as summer interns. We encourage you to apply not only to the legal departments but also to departments in charge of transactions (such as contracts). Experience within a firm can be very valuable in later practice.
Students interested in business law also should consider clerking both during the 1L summer and after graduation for one of the state courts that specializes in business law.
The primary specialty courts for students interested in transactional work are the Delaware Court of Chancery, the Delaware Supreme Court, and bankruptcy courts. In addition, the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court of New York handles complicated commercial cases in N.Y. Students also may be interested in clerking in that state, which is developing corporate law designed to attract corporations.
The American Bar Association has a program fellowship for select 1L and 2L students that is aimed at helping students get clerkships who fit particular diversity criteria (including economic diversity). Click here for information about this program. Future corporate attorneys also may be interested in tax courts or the U.S. Court of International Trade which deals with civil actions arising out of U.S. customs and international trade laws.
Students, including those pursuing a transactional career, also benefit from traditional federal court clerkships. Many district court judges hire summer interns.
Firm-Relevant Government Opportunities
There are many opportunities in government available to students interested in business law. It is a good idea to pursue an opportunity that is in or related to an area of practice that you might be interested in.
- Honors Programs Opportunities
- Federal Trade Commission
- Dept. of Justice
- Sector regulators that oversee particular industries: e.g. Dept. of Defense, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Finance & Commercial:
- Commodity Futures Trading Commission
- Dept. of Commerce
- Dept. of Justice
- Dept. of Treasury
- Export-Import Bank of the US
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Federal Reserve Board
- Federal Trade Commission – Bureau of Competition, Bureau of Consumer Protection
- House Committee on the Judiciary
- Internal Revenue Service
- Office of Comptroller of the Currency
- Overseas Private Investment Corporation
- Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
- Securities & Exchange Commission
- Senate Committee on the Judiciary
- Small Business Administration
- U.S. Postal Service
- Attorneys General (All, but particularly those that have Honors Programs)
Federal Agencies with Local Offices
- Commodities Futures Trading Commission (Eastern Region) - NYC Office
- Department of Justice-Antitrust Division - NYC Office
- Click here for a full list of volunteer summer internships at the DOJ nationwide
- Department of Justice-Civil Division – NYC Office
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation - NY Regional Office
- Federal Reserve of New York - NYC
- Federal Trade Commission - NY Regional Office
- Securities & Exchange Commission - NY Regional Office
New York (County and City)
- All prosecutors’ offices
- Empire State Development Corporation - NYC Office
- New York State Banking Department - NYC Office
- New York State Housing Finance Agency - NYC Office
- NYC Department of Small Business Services
- NYC Economic Development Corporation
- NYC Housing Development Corporation
- NYC Law Department
- Port Authority of NY and NJ