The Clearwater Bar Association is pleased to announce its 9th Annual Student Legal Intern Program (SLIP) which will welcome high school interns in the summer of 2014. The program is designed to achieve these four goals:
1. To provide a valuable work experience;
2. To further the student’s understanding of the law; and
3. To provide a mentor relationship for the students.
4. To enhance diversity in the legal profession.
Applications are accepted through May 5, 2014, with the class serving its six-week internship from June 9 through July 18, 2014. Selected applicants will be interviewed the week of May 19.
The CBA’s SLIP interns will be paid up to $1,903 for the six week program ($7.93/hour). Interns will perform various duties for their employers including copying, summarizing depositions, making deliveries, answering phones, assembling trial notebooks, conducting research and observing legal procedures. The duties will be determined by the mentor/employer and therefore may vary from office to office. There may also be a few unpaid positions available.
To be considered, applicants will complete a lengthy application, submit a school transcript, two letters of recommendation and prepare a 600 to 750-word essay. This year’s essay topic is: Tell us why this internship is an important opportunity for you. Selected applicants will be interviewed in person by appointment, date to be announced. Students must live in or attend school in north Pinellas County and have completed 9th grade but not yet graduated from high school. All students are given equal consideration for selection in the program regardless of G.P.A. Applicants who would benefit the most from this experience will be given top priority.
The interns and mentors will attend a mandatory job skills workshop on June 9 that prepares the students for what is expected of them and what they can expect. The workshop will focus on issues such as confidentiality, professionalism, punctuality, attention to detail, and appearance. There will be two additional classroom meetings throughout the six weeks covering civil and criminal procedure.
Law firms and corporate legal departments that hire our interns pay the interns’ salaries during the summer. However, government agencies (including the courts) and public interest and service organizations are not able to pay interns from their own budgets. For this purpose, the Clearwater Bar Foundation has created a restricted fund to accept tax-deductible donations to support the SLIP program. The Foundation has provided more than $40,500 in support of SLIP.
If you would like to apply for an internship, host an intern, make a donation in support of the project, or need additional information about SLIP, please contact the Clearwater Bar Association or phone at (727)461-4869. A downloadable application for the program in PDF or Word format is available by clicking the links listed at the top of this page. All applicants will be given equal consideration and if selected for the program will be required to provide a social security number.