Each summer, law students have an opportunity to intern for eight weeks with a Virginia Circuit, General District, or Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in the surrounding seven cities, where they will gain invaluable writing and research skills and critical exposure to the courtroom and local legal community.
These first and second-year law students commit at least 20 hours per week for a minimum of 8 weeks during the summer.
2L Joe Addink, who was part of the program last year, said that the best lessons came from behind-the-scenes conversations outside of court. "I had the opportunity to interact with attorneys, judges, bailiffs, and clerks on a personal basis," said Addink. "This helped me to see that while important decisions are being made each and every day in the legal world that I am still dealing with people and I do not have to be intimidated or scared."