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Top 3 Cool Legal Jobs This Week: Summer Positions for Law Students

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. | Last updated on

Congrats, law students. You've survived finals, most of the holidays, and still have a few days left before you have to drag yourself back to class. What should you do in the meantime? Work, of course! Sadly, your winter break isn't really much of a break. Instead, it's time to start scrambling for summer jobs.

So, if you're working on your JD, start updating your resume and polishing your cover letters. This week, as part of our affiliate relationship with Indeed, we're bringing you three of the coolest summer jobs for law students.

1. 1L Summer Associate, Banner & Witcoff

This Chicago-based boutique law firm is looking for summer associates to join them after the school year ends. Even better, they're looking specifically for 1L's.

As a summer associate, you'll be working on a variety of tasks related to Banner & Witcoff's IP practice, including opinion work, patent prosecution, and litigation. With a decent stipend and a strong summer program, this is definitely an opportunity worth pursuing, especially for students who are interested in IP practice and patent law.

If you're thinking that you might be interested in entertainment law or an in-house career, this associate position could be a great way to test out the waters. Law students who spend the summer with Marvel, the company that brought you Captain America and The Fantastic Four, will work with the company's i-house attorneys on entertainment, corporate, and intellectual property issues. Your responsibilities will include contract drafting, legal research, deal summaries, and more.

If you're a major fantasy fan, well, we doubt your collection of vintage comic books will help land you the spot, but it couldn't hurt, right?

3. Summer Law Clerk, Orleans Public Defenders

If you're interested in a career as a public defender, a summer with the Orleans Public Defenders Office is a great place to start. (That's Orleans as in New Orleans.) This job isn't about dipping your toes in the pool, though. It's about diving in. Summer clerks will assist in all aspects of criminal litigation, from legal research to factual investigation, to analyzing discovery materials, and preparing briefs. The position is unpaid, but you may be able to get outside funding or academic credit (and thus loans) for the summer.

Have an open position at your law firm? Post the job for free on Indeed, or search local candidate resumes.

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