Royal Oak, MI asked in Uncategorized for Michigan

Q: As a Highschooler, How should I apply for an internship for a Law Firm in my area?

I want to go into the field of Law as an adult, and I think that doing some entry-level internship at a local Law Firm would look really good on my resume, and give me the experience I need to further myself in this field. I am very set on this occupation and I really just want to file papers at a firm, but I am not sure how to go about contacting someone in my area, and how my age would come into play. If anyone knows of a firm willing to take Highschoolers, that would be very helpful.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
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  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Congratulations for taking initiative! No concrete advice, but I can tell you the legal profession has changed substantially since I was in your position. The summer I graduated high school, I worked in a small law firm that had a library. Caselaw book companies would send out what were called "pocket parts" of updated cases for research purposes. Part of my job was to put those in the books. I also ran errands and filings to the courthouse, banks, and other law firms; great experience! Unfortunately, legal research is mostly online now so few firms get pocket parts, and with the Internet, a lot of those errands I would run no longer are necessary.

I suggest contacting local law firms to express interest in anything they may be able to offer you. Even if it's just following an attorney in court.

Michael Zamzow
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Michael Zamzow
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  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Many firms still hire recent graduates as 'runners' but the pandemic has changed the way many operate.

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