A team of prominent law professors and legal professionals has formed a national nonprofit, the Institute for the Future of Law Practice, which will place law students in paid internships that will expose them to legal operations principles.
These lawyers—among them professors for five law schools and leaders from the legal departments of three Fortune 500 companies—created the program to show law students how to approach legal work with a business mindset—something that they feel like is left out of law school teachings.
Legal recruiter Jeffrey Lowe thinks in-house experience can give law students an advantage.
“One benefit of getting early in-house experience is the ability to work on a lot of different things under relatively short deadlines that are outside any one area,” said Lowe, the managing partner at Major, Lindsey & Africa’s Washington, D.C., office. “It teaches young lawyers to be more versatile and aggressive in thinking out answers, which I think is really positive development.”