1. The Summer of 2016 will be the twenty-fourth (24th) straight Summer the Atlanta Bar Association will conduct its Summer Law Internship Program for high school students. Applications will be available on or before March 1, 2016, on the Intern Program's website: www.abaslip.blogspot.com. Completed applications must be emailed or postmarked by Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
2. We wish we had a spot for everyone. Unfortunately, however, spots are limited. We hope to have 40 internships available in 2016. If you are not selected this year, we welcome you to apply next year. During the Summer Law Internship Program's first twenty three years over 550 Internships have been made available to Atlanta's youth.
3. The 2016 Summer Law Internship Program will run from June 2, 2016, to July 22, 2016. There will be four mandatory orientations tentatively scheduled for Thursday, June 2 , Friday, June 3, Monday, June 6, and Friday, June 10. The pay will be at least $1,850.00 (total) for the six weeks (roughly $308.00 per week). If you intern at a law firm or corporation you will be paid a stipend by your host. If you are a Public Intern your internship is sponsored and you will be paid a stipend by the Atlanta Bar Foundation.
4. This is a rigorous, all in program. The Atlanta Bar Association designed the Summer Law Internship Program to achieve three goals:
(a) to provide a valuable work experience;
(b) to further the students' understanding of the law; and
(c) to provide a mentor relationship for the students.
5. Interns are not allowed to have any second jobs, band practices, sports practices or otherwise, that conflict with or impact your Internship. (Every year we have prospective interns request that they be allowed to miss mandatory Intern events due to conflicts, have different dates for their Internships, etc. The Intern Program dates are set. You are either all in or you are not.)
6. Only students who are members of the classes of 2016 and 2017 are eligible to apply. Freshmen and Sophomores, Classes of 2018 and 2019, are ineligible to apply.
7. Each applicant will be required to participate in an in-person interview at the Atlanta Bar Association's office. We tentatively anticipate conducting interviews on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Please check the Intern website for possible changes. You are required to be appropriately attired (professional). More detailed information will be provided on the Intern Program's website (www.abaslip.blogspot.com.) As we will have a large number of students to interview, please bring something to occupy yourself while you wait, i.e. homework, a book, etc.!
8. Each year we have a Kick-Off Breakfast at the beginning of the program for Interns and hosts. We expect the 2016 Kick-Off Breakfast will be on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 7:30 a.m.
9. If you have a conflict (i.e., study abroad, educational trips, sports competitions, leadership camps, etc.) during the period of June 2 – July 22, 2016, we discourage you from applying.
10. At the end of the Intern Program we have an Appreciation Breakfast for Interns, hosts and Interns' family. The 2016 Appreciation Breakfast has yet to be scheduled but is typically the last day of the program, projected to be July 22, 2016, at 7:30 a.m.
11. Potential interns who are graduating this coming Spring (Class of 2016) must schedule any college orientation so it does not conflict with the Intern Program.
12. We will have mandatory Weekly Meetings during the Internship Program at 5:30 p.m. on dates to be determined. These Weekly Meetings are not optional and cannot be missed due to, for example, sports, games or practices, summer work outs, second jobs, babysitting, family birthdays, or the like. Usually, they are in the middle of the week, on Wednesday. We will typically have a guest speaker each week. Failure to be prepared for these Weekly Meetings will subject you to being released from the Intern Program.
13. In addition to the important work component to this program there is also an educational program. We will study topical legal issues. Interns will have written "Enrichment" each week during the program that should not take more than thirty minutes to an hour to complete. You are required to do your own work. In addition, Interns will be required to do a 750 word typed essay on a topical legal issue as part of the annual Terrence Croft Essay Contest.
14. If you are selected, you are required to be responsible, accountable and professional at all times.
15. We have had applicants from as far North as Forsyth County and as far South as Henry County. As the internships are primarily located inside the Perimeter, with a heavy concentration in Downtown and Midtown Atlanta, you may have a lengthy commute depending on where you live. The Internship Program does not reimburse commuting expenses.
16. There will be a Dress Code that will be required to be followed or you will be subject to being released from the Intern Program.
17. The Internship Program is not for every student. Over the years Interns have been released early from the Intern Program or are not invited to reapply for: not being prepared, not being on time, being unprofessional, improper attire and/or lack of maturity.
18. We will expect your best in everything you do and you should demand no less of yourself.
19. If you give less than your best, or do not follow the rules, or fail to prepare for a meeting, or perform unacceptably on a progress test, or find it more important to be on your phone, or have anything less than a great attitude, or are rude or disrespectful to a fellow intern, you will be released from the Summer Law Internship Program prior to its conclusion.
20. Students selected for the 2016 Intern Program will be posted on the website of the Atlanta Bar Association Summer Law Internship Program on Thursday, May 12, 2016, by 6:00 p.m. (www.abaslip.blogspot.com.) If you decide you do not wish to be considered, please email Mariana Pannell at email@example.com.