One of the best high school law internships is The Thurgood Marshall Summer Law Internship Program. It is an intensive program which places diverse NYC public high school students with legal employers for the summer, and provides them with additional programming before, during, and after the summer designed to help them prepare for a legal career. Their legal employers consist of law firms, corporations, nonprofits, and government organizations. This program is only for high school students from the 5 boroughs of NYC. All TMSLIP students attend New York City public high schools. The flyer on their website http://documents.nycbar.org/files/TMSLIP2022_FAQ_ProgramOverview.pdf says that interns typically receive minimum wage, $15/hour, or more. In the past the range of pay has been $15/hour to $21/hour.
2) United States District Court for the District of Delaware high school fellowship program | High school law internships
This program is for students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors in a New Castle County, Delaware high school. The fellows will be paid $350 per week, or $1,750 for the five-week program. Students accepted into this program will work for five weeks, beginning on June 29, 2020 and ending on July 31, 2020. They will work in chambers with Judges of the District Court and/or with other federal employees who work with the Court. The fellows will also have the opportunity to observe District Court proceedings, meet leaders in the Delaware legal system and interact with assigned mentors who are attorneys in the District.
This internship is for high school sophomores and juniors. You can be in any state to apply. It does not say anything about payment on the website. It might be paid. They help you get civically engaged.
4) North Dakota’s State Bar Association Mock Trial Program for high schoolers
In this high school law internship, students are introduced to the American legal system and learn about the trial process while developing valuable critical thinking and reasoning skills. Students are also given a rare opportunity to work side by side with attorneys and judges.
What to do if companies don’t officially offer you high school law internships in your area
You can read my guide on how to cold-call to find an internship in your area here. If a company does not offer one officially in your area, you can cold-cal law firms near you to try to get an internship. I was able to land a law firm internship this way in high school.
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