The Law Office of Kurt R. Willems, PLLC, offers an internship program for law students interested in criminal defense. This educational internship exposes the student to the life of a lawyer in a small law practice environment.
Educational opportunities include:
- courtroom and trial experience;
- client counseling;
- legal research and writing;
- exposure to the criminal justice system, including jail visits;
- legal theory versus practice;
- small law office administration; and
- legal ethics.
The Intern is required to complete at least the following tasks prior to the completion of the program (the numbers vary between fall/spring and summer semesters):
- an introductory assessment;
- 10+ hours/week for at least 10 weeks;
- attending a set number of court dates;
- writing at least one blog entry of publishable quality for the firm;
- monthly case/blog/legal news briefs to the attorney;
- a professional writing sample of approx. 5 pages in length.
This internship program may qualify for academic credit and the law firm will work with your law school to help you attain credit, if available.
After the internship has ended, the intern should be competent to handle misdemeanor/traffic/DUI criminal cases upon graduation from law school and licensure. The intern should also be more prepared and confident to assume greater responsibility in more complex cases, such as felonies, as well.
Interested applicants should apply by sending a cover letter and resume to Kurt Willems at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
- none - we are not currently accepting interns at this time.
Past graduates of the internship program include:
- Michael Onufer, NCCU Law School, Class of 2013
- Tina Marshall, NCCU Law School, Class of 2012
- Mallory Britt, Charlotte School of Law, Class of 2012