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2018 Summer Law Internship Program
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The Atlanta Bar Association Summer Law Internship Program (SLIP) is a six week paid summer opportunity for high school students. The program is designed to provide valuable work experience, to further students' understanding of the law and to provide mentor relationships with the Atlanta legal community. This year will mark the 26th straight summer that the Atlanta Bar Association has conducted the program.

3/1/2018 to 7/20/2018
When: SLIP Program Dates May 30-July 20
Where: Interviews will be conducted at the Atlanta Bar Association Office
229 Peachtree Street, Suite 400
Atlanta 30303
United States
Contact: Denisha Wise
(404) 521-0781

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We are grateful for your interest in the 2018 Internship Program! This is a rigorous, all in program. Please note if you have any conflicts during the period of May 30, 2018 to July 21, 2018, we recommend you do not apply. We had significantly more applicants last year than available spots.  Absences for study abroad programs, family reunions, sports competitions, graduation trips, long weekends and the like are not allowed. You are all in or you are not. Freshmen and Sophomores, Classes of 2020 and 2021, are ineligible to apply.

 

1.  The Summer of 2018 will be the twenty-sixth (26th) straight Summer the Atlanta Bar Association will conduct its Summer Law Internship Program for high school students.  Applications will be available on or before March 1, 2018, on the Intern Program's website: www.abaslip.blogspot.com.  Completed applications must be emailed or postmarked by Friday, March 30, 2018.

 

2.   We wish we had a spot for everyone.  Unfortunately, however, spots are limited.  We hope to have 40 internships available in 2018.  If you are not selected this year, we welcome you to apply next year.  During the Summer Law Internship Program's first twenty four years over 600 Internships have been made available to Atlanta's youth.

 

3.   The 2018 Summer Law Internship Program will run from May 30, 2018, to July 21, 2018.  There will be four mandatory orientations.  The pay will be $1,950.00 (total) for the six weeks ($325.00 per week).  If you Intern at a law firm or corporation you will be paid a stipend by your host.  If you are a Public Intern your internship is sponsored and you will be paid a stipend by the Atlanta Bar Foundation.

 

4.   This is a rigorous, all in program.  The Atlanta Bar Association designed the Summer Law Internship Program to achieve three goals:

(a) to provide a valuable work experience;

(b) to further the students' understanding of the law; and

(c) to provide a mentor relationship for the students.

 

5.   Interns are not allowed to have any second jobs, band practices, sports practices or otherwise, that conflict with or impact your Internship.  (Every year we have prospective interns request that they be allowed to miss mandatory Intern events due to conflicts, have different dates for their Internships, etc.  The Intern Program dates are set.  You are either all in or you are not.)

 

6.  Only students who are members of the classes of 2018 and 2019 are eligible to apply.  Freshmen and Sophomores, Classes of 2020 and 2021, are ineligible to apply.

 

7.  Each applicant will be required to participate in an in-person interview at the Atlanta Bar Association's office.  Please check the Intern website for this year’s interview date.  You are required to be appropriately attired (professional).  More detailed information will be provided on the Intern Program's website (www.abaslip.blogspot.com.)  As we will have a large number of students to interview, please bring something to occupy yourself while you wait, i.e. homework, a book, etc.!

 

8.   Each year we have a Kick-Off Breakfast at the beginning of the program for Interns and hosts. 

 

9.  If you have a conflict (i.e., study abroad, educational trips, sports competitions, leadership camps, etc.) during the period of May 30 – July 21, 2018, we discourage you from applying. 

 

10. At the end of the Intern Program we have an Appreciation Breakfast for Interns, hosts and Interns' family.  The 2018 Appreciation Breakfast has yet to be scheduled but is typically the last day of the program.   

 

11.  Potential interns who are graduating this coming Spring (Class of 2018) must schedule any college orientation so it does not conflict with the Intern Program.

 

12.   We will have mandatory Weekly Meetings during the Internship Program at 5:00 p.m. on dates to be determined.   These Weekly Meetings are not optional and cannot be missed due to, for example, sports, games or practices, summer work outs, second jobs, babysitting, family birthdays, or the like.  Usually, they are in the middle of the week, on Wednesday.  We will typically have a guest speaker each week.  During our weekly meetings we will regularly have Progress Tests to assess your knowledge of what you are learning.  Failure to be prepared for these Weekly Meetings will subject you to being released from the Intern Program.

 

13.   In addition to the important work component to this program there is also an educational program.  We will study topical legal issues.  Interns will have written "Enrichment" each week during the program that should not take more than thirty minutes to an hour to complete.  You are required to do your own work.  In addition, Interns will be required to do a 750 word typed essay on a topical legal issue as part of the annual Terrence Croft Essay Contest.

 

14.   If you are selected, you are required to be responsible, accountable and professional at all times.

 

15.   We have had applicants from as far North as Forsyth County and as far South as Henry County.  As the internships are primarily located inside the Perimeter, with a heavy concentration in Downtown and Midtown Atlanta, you may have a lengthy commute depending on where you live.  The Internship Program does not reimburse commuting expenses.

 

16.   There will be a Dress Code that will be required to be followed or you will be subject to being released from the Intern Program.

 

17.   The Internship Program is not for every student.  Over the years Interns have been released early from the Intern Program or are not invited to reapply for: not being prepared, not being on time, being unprofessional, improper attire and/or lack of maturity. 

 

18.   We will expect your best in everything you do and you should demand no less of yourself.

 

19.  If you give less than your best, or do not follow the rules, or fail to prepare for a meeting, or perform unacceptably on a progress test, or find it more important to be on your phone, or have anything less than a great attitude, or are rude or disrespectful to a fellow intern, you will be released from the Summer Law Internship Program prior to its conclusion.

 

20.   Students selected for the 2018 Intern Program will be posted on the website of the Atlanta Bar Association Summer Law Internship Program on Thursday, May 4, 2018, by 8:00 p.m.  (www.abaslip.blogspot.com.)  If you decide you do not wish to be considered, please email Denisha Wise at dwise@atlantabar.org.

 

SLIP Application Deadline March 30, 2019

 

Interviews will be conducted Wednesday April 18, 2018 at the Atlanta Bar Association office.  Returning interns will be interviewed starting at 4:30 pm.  All other applicants will be interviewed starting at 4:45 pm.   Please dress appropriately.  

 

 

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