Details and Requirements
In an effort to fully prepare students for the challenges of law school, the Patricia and Paul Yetter Law School Preparation Institute offers internships. Interns are required to work 20 hours per week for 12 weeks doing research for and otherwise assisting a judge, governmental office, attorney in a public interest project, or a faculty member. Depending on the availability of funds interns may receive a stipend upon successful completion of the internship. Each intern must set a schedule at the beginning of the semester that prescribes 20 hours of work per week. The schedule must be adhered to. If work will be missed, the intern must let his/her supervisor know ahead of time and accurately report the hours worked on a time sheet provided by the LSPI. Missed hours must be made up during the course of the internship or within one week after the end of the internship.
Internships last one semester. In order to maximize the number of students allowed this opportunity, qualified students who have not previously held an internship are given preference over those who have. It is anticipated, however, that some slots may be available for students who have previously completed LSPI internships.
Patricia and Paul Yetter Internships
Each academic year two Patricia and Paul Yetter competitive undergraduate internships will be offered. These internships are funded by a generous gift from Patricia and Paul Yetter, who have been strong supporters of LSPI programs for years. Recipients of these internships will work at public or nonprofit law offices or courts, and will be designated Patricia and Paul Yetter Interns. Patricia and Paul Yetter interns will work at least 240 hours during a semester at the selected office or court and be provided with a $3,000 stipend. Patricia and Paul Yetter interns are selected from the general pool of internship applicants based on quality of academic record and professional promise.
Internship Selection Criteria
To be considered:
- The applicant must be a currently enrolled UTEP undergraduate in his/her junior or senior year with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- The internship application must be completed, and it must be submitted by the deadline with a resume and writing sample.
- An applicant must not be enrolled in more than 15 credit hours during the semester for which an internship is sought.
We will give preference to students in the LSPI, students who have superior writing skills, and students who are taking only 12 credit hours during the semester of the internship. Students must have a strong desire to go to law school. Those who have completed Phase I of the Law School Preparation Institute and especially those who have completed or are currently taking RWS 3365 are encouraged to apply, but the program is open to all UTEP undergraduates who meet the minimum criteria.
Selection is ultimately based upon academic performance and promise, proven aptitude for legal study, seriousness of intent to pursue a legal education, and likelihood that completion of the internship will help a student earn admission into law school. No one is assured of placement. The application form, resume, and writing sample will be used to determine the best matching of interns with placement offices.
Prospective Placement Offices
If you are in the public sector and you are interested in working with a student-intern, please provide the Center with the following information in writing:
- Your and your organization’s name, address, telephone number, and email
- A description of the kind of work the intern would perform
- A description of supervision that the student will receive, i.e., will the student be supervised on a daily or weekly basis
- Will you be able to provide office space for the intern?