Why should law students intern from the start to their law school?
A lawyer is a professional. If you study law but do not intern, you will have little or no knowledge of what you learned in law school. An internship is a professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical, actual case experience. Internships offer students the opportunity for career exploration, professional development, and skill-building. It offers the employer the opportunity to bring new ideas and energy into the workplace, develop talent, and build a pipeline for potential full-time employees. A quality internship:
Prime Legal Consultants and Research Center is one of Nepal’s leading law firms. We have extensive knowledge of Corporate, Civil, and Criminal law. We offer a variety of internship programs, including paid, unpaid, and credit-based internships. Paid internships provide students with the opportunity to gain relevant knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a specific career field while earning money through an hourly wage, weekly salary, or stipend during the internship.
We also provide internships for college credit to students. Students are given guidelines on how many hours they must work on the internship during the semester. It is in accordance with their University Policy.
We offer three types of Internship.
1. Paid internship
2. Unpaid internship
3. Credit based – internship
1. Paid internship
As part of the paid internship program, we provide a salary. We offer paid internships to University/College honor roll students who can conduct corporate research. Students with a strong command of the English language are preferred. Paid internships of this type are available for at least six months. Following the completion of a paid internship, we may offer a full-time job with a salary.
2. Unpaid internship
Those who want to intern for a short period of time can do so on an unpaid basis. If you are a law student from another country visiting Nepal for a short period of time and want to learn about Nepali procedures and court practices, you may apply for our unpaid internship program. During the unpaid internship, students are not paid on a monthly basis.
Unpaid internships allow students to gain experience while also paying a small fee (Students pay) to broaden their knowledge areas in a specific topic.
3. Credit based-internship
Credit hours: 3
Law students can earn academic credit while participating in an approved internship through credit-based internship courses. Students gain practical hands-on experience while also participating in reflective-based learning to make sense of their experience and how it will impact their future career goals during their internship.
One credit hour is awarded for every 60 hours of work completed under the supervision of a mentor. Enrolling in any term can earn you one to three credits.
It is a placement offered to college/University students for fulfilling their college/University requirements and it is not a paid internship. You earn credit for your course in the University.
During an internship, we prioritize student learning and development. By creating an internship work plan, we provide structure and define the overarching goals of the internship. We plan to finish one project in one week. Our internship necessitates advanced abilities such as:
1. Civil lawsuits drafting
2. Contract drafting
3. Case registration/ application submission
4. Corporate practice learning
The intern’s experience at Prime Legal Consultants is more valuable, and he or she has a compelling reason to remain.
• reasonable directions from the Prime legal consultant;
• availability to undertake activity during the scheduled hours agreed upon between the Prime legal consultant;
• provision of an adequate workspace and appropriate resources to the student while maintaining the law firm’s confidentiality.
Internship with hands-on experience
We devised a foundation for Student Practical Legal Training (SPLT) because law school teaches mostly theory and graduates from college with little or no practical experience; practical knowledge is constricted. As a result, the professional experience internship should be “practice-based” rather than “administrative,” allowing students to apply their legal knowledge and include: Include your observations on the connections/gaps between legal theory and practice.
Specific work roles in the internship could include:
• observing office procedures
• handling and reading files, including documents associated with them
• sitting in on interviews with clients
• sitting in on conferences with Counsel
• attending court proceedings
• conducting research
• attending government offices to file documents
• preparing forms or drafting simple documents and letters
• the journal progresses from descriptive to critical analysis of the experience;
• making links between theoretical principles learned at university and your own experience and observations of real and practical application
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• ease the transition from student to graduate professional;
• learn to act autonomously, responsibly, and appropriately;
• learn to work with others and understand working relationships;
• gain confidence in thinking critically;
• broaden your horizons through exposure to new ideas, people, cultures, and career paths;and
• enhance your knowledge of the ethical and business environment.
You should keep these opportunities in mind as you begin your internship.
We provide two type of internship
1. Internship on Day time
2. Early morning Internship
1. Internship on Day time
Prime Legal lawyers visit the court, the Office of the Company Registar, and the Department of Industries during the day. They will accompany you on the field trip. The daytime internship is open to LL.B students in their final year as well as those awaiting their final year results. They could take part in the internship program during the day. Your daytime internship may or may not be compensated.
2. Early morning internship
Morning internships are intended for students with daytime classes. This type of internship is open to all students, including future law students and first-year law students. They study law during the day. During the morning internship, which runs from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., we provide legal and practical knowledge. Prime Legal Consultants attorneys will have enough time in the morning to guide and support law students.
Why do a morning internship?
Legal knowledge alone will not suffice; you must also gain practical knowledge to improve your skills. Those who want to go to law school and build a career in the legal field are encouraged to begin internships as early as 1 L (1st year Law students) LL.B and you will notice a difference between students who intern and those who do not from the first year.
Schedule of internship
Orientation class —
This could include a welcome from your CEO, a team-building activity for interns, and time with managers to review specific objectives and see the work area, sessions such as an assessment focused on communication styles and time management, and more. In the orientation class we brief the organization’s goals and mission
Outline the intern’s responsibilities and potential tasks/projects
Describe skills that will be developed
Illustrate the necessary qualifications
Skills (computer, litigation pleading.)
Clarify the duration of the internship
Hours required per week
Flexibility with schedule or specific hours
Note if it’s paid or unpaid
Development communication skills
Communication skills are essential in litigation. We will take a class on how to improve communication skills or develop skills during the first week of the internship. There will be two one-hour classes on that subject. In a week, we will assign one corporate topic for research. After completing the research, the intern will be required to present weekly, which will help the intern develop presentation skills.
Each month, interns will be assigned four corporate issues. You must devote one week to one topic. The mentor will initially provide a 30-minute briefing on a corporate topic as well as a 7-day time frame to conduct research. A report of 2000 words must be written.
Four corporate issues are provided each month, and a mentor is available to instruct and guide you.
You will be asked to present your findings after conducting research on a corporate issue.
Please read the “Eligibility Requirements and Conditions” for interns, which are listed below.
Law students 3Ls (third-year law students), 4Ls (fourth-year law students), 5Ls (fifth-year law students), or recent law graduates are eligible for the Internship Program.
To apply, please send the following documents:
- A one-page cover letter outlining your interest in the internship.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- A copy of your law school transcript (copies are acceptable).
- A writing sample of no more than five pages.
- Nepali Typing is a must.
NPR 10,000 is the starting salary.
NPR 20,000 based on experience/skills