Pre-Law Internship Guide

Internships with law firms are not typically available for undergraduate students. However, there are ways to gain
experience in the legal field. Part-time jobs in law firms and internships for organizations in your potential area of
interest (corporations, government, finance, social justice, etc.) are a few options.

Getting Started

  • RESUME! Creating your resume is the first step of any internship search. Come to Career Services for examples, advice, and resume review.
  • Brainstorm – what would you like to do, for what kind of organization?
    • Part-time job as a file clerk or runner for a law firm
    • Intern for a government, corporate, or non-profit in preparation for an area of law you are interested in such as corporate finance, environmental, criminal, etc

Internship/Job Postings

  • The RU Career Account:
    This account must be set up by Career Services. It gives access to internship postings sent directly to Rockhurst from employers. Sign up for an account at weekly workshops offered on Tuesdays at 3:30pm, Wednesdays at 10:00 am, and Thursdays at 1:00 pm in Career Services.
    • NACE Link
      This database is offered through the RU Career Account and is a good resource if you are seeking opportunities outside of Kansas City, especially in major metropolitan areas.
  • Organization Websites:
    Many organizations post internships on their own websites.

Timeline

3-6 months prior to when you want to start an experience:

  • Create your resume
  • Begin to research companies and programs
  • Begin applications
  • Take resumes and cover letters to Career Services for review
  • Practice interviewing with a mock interview in Career Services
  • Interview and accept position

Timeline

Resources for researching organizations in Kansas City:

Examples of legal organizations in Kansas City:

Use the same resources; simply focus them on other cities. NACE Link, an internship/job database through the RU Career Account, is connected to 500 other colleges nationwide. Additionally, many Jesuit universities offer reciprocal career services. Contact RU Career Services to find out if you can receive services from another Jesuit university in the city you want to search in.