Internship Programs Benefit Legal Departments

During the Great Recession and its lingering aftermath, many in-house legal departments have been faced with shrinking budgets, hiring freezes and--the worst case scenario--the termination of members of the legal staff. Yet the demands of doing more with less continue.

The establishment of a legal intern program in affiliation with a local law school--during the course of a year, starting with the summer months--can provide some relief as well as additional benefits for both the students and the legal department. Engaging interns can be justified on a budgetary basis since the cost is relatively minimal compared to hiring temporary attorneys, and there is no additional increase to headcount.

Thomas Lalla

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