Your summer legal interns are likely eager, ambitious, and ready to learn as much as they can during the few months they'll be working at your law firm.
But aside from conducting legal research, writing memos, and accompanying you to court or other proceedings, how else can you make the most of your summer interns, while making sure they get a valuable learning experience?
Here are five suggestions to put your summer legal interns to work in ways that can pay off for you, and for them:
- File management. Dull as it may sound, keeping client files organized is one of the most important tasks in running a law office. It's also something they still don't teach in law school. If your office hasn't gone paperless yet, perhaps your tech-savvy summer intern can help you devise a system to scan your paper files into digital ones. Need tips on how to get started? This blog post from Lawyerist can help.
- Social media. Staying with the tech-savvy theme, perhaps this is the summer your firm finally takes advantage of social media. Chances are, your summer legal interns are already adept at using Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. They can help you set up your accounts and even write content. FindLaw also offers a social media platform that makes managing these accounts a snap.
- Website and blog updates. Many law-firm websites and blogs provide general legal information for potential clients. Your summer legal interns can put their legal knowledge to work by updating, rewriting, or creating new content about your target practice areas. FindLaw's Lawyer Marketing experts can also help freshen your web presence with features like video and online chat.
- Local court rules. Your practice may span several jurisdictions, all of which likely have different rules for court. Having your summer interns research and update these rules can be an eye-opener for them, and a life-saver for you when you show up to court prepared.
- Legal services agreements. A summer legal intern's keen eyes can help you look over and revise your legal services agreement and other contracts. You can find templates and examples of what others have done in FindLaw's vast collection of sample business contracts.
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