6.17.2008

Judicial Internship Program in Full Swing

Summer is heating up and so are the court rooms in Hampton Roads. Under the watchful eyes of Hampton Roads judges, 31 Regent Law judicial interns are honing their legal skills.

In partnership with local courts, Regent Law has designed an 8-week program through which interns are given the chance to study under judges, observe interactions in the court rooms, and do legal research.

One rising 2L, Kyle Fuller, said that he applied for the internship because he wanted to see with his own eyes what the practice of law looks like.

In the first week, he was able to observe hearings in civil court and assist with clerical duties. “The most exciting part of the observation process is getting to see doctrines and terminology that I learned during my first year put into practice.”

Students can gain a clear picture of their futures, as well. “Hopefully, I’ll narrow my interests to determine what kind of law I might enjoy practicing one day,” said Fuller. “I don’t think I want to practice criminal law, but I get to shadow a public defender and a commonwealth attorney later this summer, and I’m sure it will be one of the highlights of my observations.”

To honor the program’s participants, Regent hosted a Judicial Internship banquet last week. Students, attorneys, and judges gathered at the Founder’s Inn. Fuller sees the networking possibilities as another plus to the internship.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to stay local and learn from people who I’ll hopefully be able to partner with in the next two years of school and beyond.”