Supporting law students through COVID-19

We are calling upon the legal community to support law students through the implications of the coronavirus epidemic by mentoring or hosting them as interns. Find resources and sign up to help below.

If you are a law student looking to benefit from the support of attorneys offering mentorship or work experience, click here >>

Mentorship

Be paired with a 1L, 2L or 3L to give advice and guidance. To be a mentor, you should be open to:

  • Listening and advising
  • Giving honest feedback
  • Being present and open
  • Communicating via multiple methods
  • Checking in

After being matched, mentors and mentees will communicate freely and:

  • Set goals together.
  • Share advice.
  • Establish times and methods to check in with one another.
  • Bounce ideas around; remember the mentee can sometimes offer guidance and new perspectives.

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Mentorship resources

  • “If You Want to be a Great Mentor Do These 5 Things,” Forbes.com Read article >>
  • “Social Distancing Doesn’t Have to Disrupt Mentorship,” Harvard Business Review Read article >>
  • "A Guide to Understanding the Role of a Mentor," thebalancecareers.com Read article >>
  • “Want to be a Good Mentor? Listen Up!” idaabbott.com Read article >>
  • “Stay Distant Physically, Not Socially,” idaabbott.com Read article >>
  • “Changing Models and Concepts of Mentoring, PD Quarterly Read article >>


Internships

As former law students, you can remember what it is like to be on the precipice of your careers as attorneys. Some of you may be able to relate to completing your studies in a time when job opportunities were scarce. Now is your opportunity to ensure there is no gap in the resumes of rising attorneys.

Law Clerks and Graduate Legal Interns are still striving to gain summer experiences, whether those are paid or unpaid. They are ready to adapt (and help you to adapt) to working virtually, these capable people will be vital to preparing you and your firm to a busier time when sheltering in place orders have been lifted and for helping to replenish and refresh the talent in your practice.

Law Clerks: Law students who cannot offer counseling or speak on the record without the presence of a licensed attorney. These students are authorized to assist licensed attorneys by observing, drafting documents for review, conducting research for review, and maintaining files under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Work with law students should be guided by Rule 5.3 (Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants) and Guidelines 9.1 – 9.10 (Use of Non-Lawyer Assistants) of the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct.

Graduate Legal Interns: Law Students who have finished their degrees, can speak on the record, and practice under a licensed attorney. Graduate legal interns are authorized to conduct legal research, prepare memoranda, examine and review documents, draft documents in connection with transactional matters, and draft briefs for filing by a licensed attorney. if they are not the direct representation of parties in judicial or administrative proceedings. Admission and Discipline Rule 2.1 governs the Graduate Legal Intern program. Additional information, including forms for Graduate Legal Interns and supervising attorneys can be found at the Indiana Board of Law Examiners website here.

Maintain Your Plans
If your firm has elected to hire an intern for the summer, consider maintaining your plans, or adapt by offering:

  • Short-term projects
  • Part-time projects
  • Micro-internships (shortened experiences)

Open Positions
If your firm or organization will offer summer experience to a graduate legal intern and/or a law clerk, click here to complete a job posting that will be sent to Indiana’s law schools.

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Resources on managing interns remotely

  • “Coronavirus is Upending Summer Internships—How to Make Your Mark if your Internship is Now Virtual,” MarketWatch Read article >>
  • “A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers,” Harvard Business Review Read article >>
  • “Top 15 Tips to Effectively Manage Remote Employees,” Forbes.com Read article >>
  • “The Tricks to Working with a Remote Intern," careercontessa.com Read article >>
  • “Best Practices for Creating a Successful Virtual Internship,” Harvard Business School Read article >>
  • “What to do about internships in light of the COVID-19 pandemic? A short guide to online internships for colleges, students, and employers,” The Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions, UW-Madison Read guide >>
    • Helpful sections of this guide
    • What are online, remote, or “micro” internships (page 3)
    • Best practices for employers considering delivering an online (virtual) internship (page 7)

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