Internships and volunteer work by Legal Studies students provide a great way for students to see “real world” applications of the subjects they are studying in class. In addition, these experiences help students to gain insight into their future careers while building their resumes. But, most importantly, internships and volunteer work are ways students can give back to their community.
Utah Legal Services holds Free Legal Clinics across the state to assist people with legal problems. One such clinic is held at the Fifth District Courthouse in Cedar City on the second Wednesday of each month. Legal Studies students and attorneys from the community volunteer to assist at the clinic. Any student interested should complete the interest form linked below. In addition, students must be available for training by the Legal Studies director prior to their volunteer work.
Legal Studies students are encouraged to intern within a legal environment such a law office or government agency. This work will involve paralegal level duties and be under the supervision of an attorney or paralegal. Students who have such internships may register for the Legal Studies internship course (PLGL 2890) and receive 1 - 3 credits for their internship efforts. Students may seek these internships on their own or with the assistance of the program director and faculty members.
In addition to the Free Legal Clinic, other law-related volunteer opportunities are also available to students. Note: these programs may involve specific training. Examples of such volunteer work are the volunteer programs regarding client advocacy at community women’s crisis centers and the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program for children in the legal system.