CLEARWATER - The Clearwater Bar Association is pleased to announce the Summer Legal Intern Program. To qualify, students must live in Pinellas County and have completed 9th grade but not yet graduated from high school. The six-week program is designed to achieve these goals to provide a valuable work experience to further the student's understanding of the law; and to provide a mentor relationship for the students. Clearwater attorneys, Clearwater Bar Foundation and The Florida Bar Foundation are funding the program, and the seven available internships will be hosted by local judges and law firms.
The paid internships will run from June 11 to July 20, 2007. Interns will perform numerous duties for their employers including copying, summarizing depositions, making deliveries, bates stamping documents, answering phones, and assembling trial notebooks. The duties will be determined by the mentor/employer and therefore may vary from office to office.
To be considered, students must submit an application, a school transcript, two letters of recommendation and prepare an essay on a topical legal issue by April 13. Applicants will be interviewed by a selection committee. Prior to beginning their internships, the interns must attend mandatory orientations which will prepare the students for what is expected of them, and what they can expect, and will focus on issues such as confidentiality, professionalism, punctuality, attention to detail, and appearance.
Download an application at www.clearwaterbar.org or phone 727-461-4869 to request an application.