Many lawyers have had an eager bright law student send them an email asking for an internship opportunity. Lawyers often feel swamped with that feeling of I can’t divide my attention any further. My advice, having a student can be rewarding, and productive, you just have to figure out what works for you and them.
I understand the busy life of a small firm practitioner; large client load, practice management, practice promotion, CPD hour… the list goes on. If you are bothering to read this article then you know the drill. I understand why when you get an email from an eager bright law student you want to scream, “I am at capacity. I can’t take on anything else,” but I urge you hear me out because law students are like sponges who want to put legal theory into practice, and they want to impress you. After all, like you they didn’t get into law school by sitting around twiddling their thumbs. What I mean is law students are driven, smart and willing to work for course credit, so capitalize on that and maybe you’ll even make a new friend.