The Initial Meeting with a Client
During this portion of the internship, you learn how attorneys decide which cases they take and not take. There is an interview with the clients and documents are signed. You will sit in on these. You will also gather information from the clients and enter/create both a virtual and paper filing.
The Filing Process
This is where you learn the basics of the firm. All clients have files created on them to keep track of their status. Knowing how to do this is valuable because as the research and legal writing begins, you will want to know how to access these files and read the information properly.
During this stage, you will also be communicating with other law firms and paralegals to help gather all the pertinent information needed for the lawsuit.
In this portion of your internship, your attorneys or the paralegals in the office will help you draft letters to insurance companies, clients, other firms, and businesses. This is taken very seriously and it is very interesting.
- You learn legal verbiage – Very useful for any career field people choose.
- You will learn how complaints are drafted. These are the actual documents being used to file a lawsuit. By the time you complete your internship, you may even be able to draft a complaint, summons, arbitration brief, and interrogatories.
- Arbitration or Mediation Procedures – To settle a case without having to go to trial.