Tech companies hire law students for internships
Technology companies such as Facebook and Microsoft are hiring law students as summer interns in their legal departments, though the positions aren’t a path to jobs straight out of law school.
Pay for the internships ranges from nothing to $7,500 a month, Law.com (sub. req.) reports. Most students in the internships work at the tech companies after their first year of law school and work as summer associates at law firms after their 2L year.
The University of Colorado Law School has placed interns at several technology companies, including Adobe, Cisco and Dish Network. The school has a special program to prepare students for technology law careers called the Tech Lawyer Accelerator.
Cisco general counsel Mark Chandler told Law.com that his company benefits from law school interns by getting “smart people doing good work for us on important projects.” The interns also benefit by gaining experience and learning what clients want from outside counsel, he said.