Legal Studies Internships and Volunteer Programs

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.


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 (LEGL 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, SUU’s Center for Politics is involved in assisting students find many law-related internships often at the state or federal government levels.  Note: Other disciplines also have internships courses. If a Legal Studies student wishes to take such a course and apply it to his/her Legal Studies AA/AS degree or Minor, the internship must be law-related and he/she must first seek approval of the Legal Studies Director.


Additional Volunteer Opportunities

Law-related volunteer opportunities are available to students. Note: these programs may have requirements such as minimum work age and 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.

Legal Scholars students may also be involved in university activities, community service projects, and leadership opportunities through the Legal Studies Student Association.