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American Internship Programme

Who can participate in this scheme?

Undergraduate students will be able to apply for an internship after the first year of their studies. The opportunity will count as a fully accredited part of their LLB degree.

At graduate level, students taking the Graduate Diploma in Law / Common Professional Examination (GDL/CPE) law conversion course have the opportunity to take part in the scheme in the summer following completion of the GDL/CPE.

When will I take part in the Programme?

Undergraduate students usually undertake the Programme in the summer between the second or third year of their degree.

If I am successful, how do I prepare for the internship?

Before leaving for the USA, you will undertake an intensive course which includes classes on capital punishment, criminal justice reform and American legal research and drafting. You will also receive basic advice about costs, visas, travel requirements and accommodation.

How much will it cost?

You have to self-finance your internships. Depending upon which state you work in, it can cost £3,000-£5,000 for an average eight-week internship.

What work will I be involved in?

All of our students provide their services pro bono. Students help attorneys who represent indigent clients – those who cannot afford to pay for an attorney but who are reliant on free help. Work includes interviewing clients in prison, tracing and interviewing witnesses, analysing reports and evidence, researching law and procedure, drafting briefs and motions, and attending and assisting at trials and hearings.

What will I get out of it?

Like the Legal Advice & Representation Unit, which is also a resource at the University, the American Legal Practice scheme provides invaluable practical experience of legal practice that is extremely attractive to potential employers. Additionally, you are helping real clients in important cases.