Undergraduate Internship Program (UIP)
The 'Undergraduate Internship Program' targets students from underrepresented backgrounds, who are excelling in school and have a demonstrated interest in a career in the law. The program is designed to give the participants a chance to experience working within a global business law firm, gaining first-hand knowledge of how a large law firm functions. The UIP provides students with access to mentoring and an opportunity to develop their skills during a six-week paid internship.
Over six weeks students are immersed in numerous activities, shadowing our lawyers and support staff from a range of practice areas and business functions to ensure they gain a wide variety of experience and perspective on how the departments all work together to support our clients. Students are given research and writing assignments, and may have the opportunity to observe a deposition, visit a client's legal department, attend a hearing and support our lawyers with some of our pro bono matters. At the end of their internship students deliver a presentation on the functions and synergies of the various departments, providing them an opportunity to further develop their communication skills and demonstrate what they have learned through the experience. Participation in the project helps students begin establishing their professional network, while giving them real insight into the legal profession and a chance to develop the skills required for success within it.
Long after their internship with DLA Piper, we continue to communicate with the alumni participants, offering support and guidance along their educational and professional journeys. In an effort to add another layer of networking for the students, they participate in an alumni network via LinkedIn.
This program is currently only available in the US and we will begin accepting materials for the Summer 2016 program December 1, 2015.
The ideal candidate is someone who 1) is from an underrepresented group; 2) will be a rising senior the summer of the program; 3) is performing well academically; and 4) has demonstrated a genuine interest in attending law school.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit the following: résumé; official school transcript; 2 letters of recommendation; and a cover letter stating their interest in the internship. All materials should be submitted to Sonia Montenegro no earlier than December 1, 2015. The deadline is January 31, 2016. Please note, incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
"My experience at DLA Piper this summer can be described as an unforgettable foresight into our future as attorneys. The information presented to us throughout these six weeks provided us an in-depth look at what to expect post-law school. If being a lawyer is anything like we anticipate after completing the programme, then I've definitely picked the right profession."
Undergraduate Internship Program participant
"Interning at DLA Piper was an experience like no other. It is like a six week crash course in everything you ever wanted to know about law. I gained not only work experience, but knowledge from accomplished individuals that I aspire to be like."
"My summer at DLA Piper was awesome. I will take all of the knowledge I acquired with me throughout my legal career."
"My experience at DLA Piper this summer can be described as an unforgettable foresight into our future as attorneys. The information presented to us throughout these 6 weeks provided us an in-depth look at what to expect post-law school. If being a lawyer is anything like we anticipate after completing the programme, then I've definitely picked the right profession."
"My experience was absolutely priceless! The knowledge and connections I gained were truly a blessing."
"This has been an extremely rewarding and enlightening experience. From the people that I have met to the different projects I have been able to work on, I have learned a great deal about the “behind the scenes” life of a successful law firm, and this is information that will be highly beneficial for me as I continue on my journey to law school and future success as an attorney."