The Summer Legal Intern Program is a 10-week, full-time program for students completing their first and second years of law school. Law students who participate in the competitive, structured program benefit from an exceptional legal experience and invaluable exposure to the demands and rewards of public service. Interns can expect challenging legal research and writing assignments and even courtroom appearances alongside supervising attorneys. The Program provides regular professional development opportunities including trainings, events, and networking activities.
Internships are unpaid and accepted students are encouraged to pursue funding through their law schools or other funding sources. The Attorney General’s Office has a wide-range of responsibilities and, taking into account placement preferences, accepted students are assigned to a particular division within the office.
RHODE ISLAND ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE:
The Attorney General is the state’s top lawyer and law enforcement official, protecting and serving the people and interests of Rhode Island through a broad range of duties. Every day, the Office’s attorneys fight to ensure the public safety of the state’s communities, improve the economic security of its citizens, safeguard the state’s spectacular natural resources, and restore the public’s trust in government. Assistant and Special Assistant Attorneys General represent the people of Rhode Island in civil and criminal matters before trial courts, appellate courts, and the supreme courts of Rhode Island and the United States. Through affirmative litigation, attorneys in the Office protect the public by bringing lawsuits against individuals and companies that break the law in ways that harm citizens and their communities. In criminal matters, the Office’s attorneys prosecute complex and violent crimes but also functionally serve as one of the nation’s largest district attorney’s offices, prosecuting all felonies throughout the state. The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As with permanent positions, the Office is committed to a policy against discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or employment status. United States citizenship is not required for internship placement, but all applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States and will be required to submit proof of eligibility.
APPLYING TO THE PROGRAM:
To apply for a position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample. In the cover letter, please indicate any preferred placements.
Email application materials as PDF files to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We begin accepting applications on August 15 and encourage submission by November 1. Following the NALP recruiting guidelines, first-year law students should not apply before December 1 and submissions are encouraged by January 15. Offers are made on a rolling basis and we respond to all applications.
Program placements have included:
− Appellate (Civil & Criminal)
− Civil Rights
− Criminal Prosecution including:
Narcotics and Organized Crime
− Environmental Litigation
− Government Litigation
− Healthcare and Insurance
− Legal Policy
− Multistate Litigation
− Open Government
− Public and Consumer Protection