Sunday, February 26, 2017



Updated Pertinent Information Regarding 2017 Atlanta Bar Association Summer Law Internship Program for High School Students

We are grateful for your interest in the 2017 Internship Program! This is a rigorous, all in program. Please note if you have any conflicts during the period of May 30, 2017 to July 21, 2017, we recommend you do not apply. We had significantly more applicants last year than available spots.  Absences for study abroad programs, family reunions, sports competitions, graduation trips, long weekends and the like are not allowed. You are all in or you are not. Freshmen and Sophomores, Classes of 2019 and 2020, are ineligible to apply.

1. The Summer of 2017 will be the twenty-fifth (25th) straight Summer the Atlanta Bar Association will conduct its Summer Law Internship Program for high school students.  Applications are available now.  Completed applications must be emailed or postmarked by Thursday, March 30, 2017.

2.  We wish we had a spot for everyone.  Unfortunately, however, spots are limited.  We hope to have 40 internships available in 2017.  If you are not selected this year, we welcome you to apply next year.  During the Summer Law Internship Program's first twenty four years over 600 Internships have been made available to Atlanta's youth.

3.  The 2017 Summer Law Internship Program will run from May 30, 2017, to July 21, 2017.  There will be four mandatory orientations tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, May 30, Thursday, June 1, Monday, June 5, and Friday, June 9.  The pay will be $1,950.00 (total) for the six weeks ($325.00 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 2017 and 2018 are eligible to apply.  Freshmen and Sophomores, Classes of 2019 and 2020, 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 Wednesday, April 12, 2017.  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 (  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 2017 Kick-Off Breakfast will be on Friday, June 16, 2017 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 May 30 – July 21, 2017, 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 2017 Appreciation Breakfast has yet to be scheduled but is typically the last day of the program, projected to be Friday, July 21, 2017, at 7:30 a.m.

11. Potential interns who are graduating this coming Spring (Class of 2017) 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 5:00 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.  During our weekly meetings we will regularly have Progress Tests to assess your knowledge of what you are learning.  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.

14If 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 2017 Intern Program will be posted on the website of the Atlanta Bar Association Summer Law Internship Program on Thursday, May 4, 2017, by 8:00 p.m.  (  If you decide you do not wish to be considered, please email Denisha Wise at


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Atlanta Bar Foundation Announces the Highest Heights Initiative: An Initiative to Support Our Former Interns' Dreams of Becoming Lawyers

The Atlanta Bar Association Summer Law Internship Program, which began in 1993, has provided a foundation for our Interns who wish to pursue a legal career. A challenge that all aspiring attorneys, including our Interns, face is having adequate resources to pay for the LSAT preparation class (costs $750-1000) and Bar Review class (costs approximately $2500). Statistics show that those who are able to take preparation courses for either the LSAT or Bar Review perform better on these exams.

 In order to support our Interns, the Atlanta Bar Foundation is pleased to announce that we have commenced the Highest Heights Initiative to help champion our former Interns on their journeys to becoming attorneys. The goal of this Initiative is to raise $100,000 by the start of the 25th Summer Law Internship Program (June 1, 2017) to provide financial support to our Interns in taking their LSAT preparation class and/or Bar Review. We have already raised or pledged a total of $22,000. Our ultimate goal will be to provide 80% of the costs of these courses for our Interns. Currently, we are able to provide 50% of such costs. Three former Interns have already applied for funding (2 for the LSAT; 1 for Bar Review).

In an effort to support the Highest Heights Initiative, David Schaeffer, the 102nd President of the Atlanta Bar Association, has graciously volunteered to help us raise funds in conjunction with his ascent this September of Mt. Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world. Mt. Cho Oyu is located on the border of Tibet and Nepal. We invite you to consider pledging $0.01 per foot of elevation that David climbs, thus meaning if David ascends the 26,906-feet high summit of Mt. Cho Oyu, donors will contribute a total of $269.06 to the Highest Heights Initiative. Of course, any donation or pledge of any amount tied to David's climb or otherwise will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for considering joining this effort to support our former Interns by making a pledge or donating to the Highest Heights Initiative. 

Friday, July 30, 2010

SLIP 18, Our Summer Law Internship Program Class of 2010: You were an excellent class and you have made us all very proud!

We expect to have applications available for the Summer Law Internship Program of 2011 on or about March 1, 2011. We will accept applications from high school sophomores through graduating seniors. We look forward to next year!

Monday, January 11, 2010


Friday, January 1, 2010