Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

UT School of Law

Spring 2018

Position: Intern, Mithoff Pro Bono Program
Student: Government Senior 

A day in the life of an undergraduate intern at the University of Texas School of Law. Mithoff Pro Bono Program is full of excitement and curiosity. I arrive to work in the afternoon and the office is bustling and alive. At the start of my shift, the supervisors are ready to hand out tasks and receive help from the interns.

Since there is a team-oriented environment in the office, I report to each supervisor to see what they would need help with for the day. If the program coordinators have tasks for me that would range from designing graphics on Adobe Photoshop for events to updating excel sheets for data entry. But, the real treat lies in working for The Expunction Project’s supervising attorney.

The Expunction Project expunges and seals criminal records for free to low-income individuals in the Austin area. If the office is preparing for an intake session, I call potential clients and e-mail them information regarding the project. After the intake session, I assist the law students in preparing court petitions for the “exit session” where the clients will review their information before its e-filed to the court. After the exit session, I e-file the petitions and notify the clients on the status of their petitions.

I never know what I am going to do when I walk in to work. Every day brings a new challenge which gives me the opportunity to learn something new on a daily basis.

Fall 2011

Student: Plan II & Psychology Senior
Position: Human Rights Clinic Intern

An internship at the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law has been particularly compelling because human rights law espouses the union of two very distinct skills – hard analysis and fluid creativity – a union whose full import is realized through careful research, thought-provoking and academic dialogue which is readily supplied in this internship, and a high degree of open-mindedness. The Human Rights Clinic brings together a group of highly skilled law and grad students aiming to target and combat human rights violations on both the domestic and international front, and to be immersed in such an effort was greatly enriching. My responsibilities included extensively researching the background of Ghana – its ethnic and legislative history, researching several NGOs and organizations relevant to the cause, becoming highly familiar with the issue at hand (which included reading the 50-page published report and reading all of the supplementary information on SharePoint), drafting and tailoring letters for various NGOs and human rights organizations, editing tasks for the clinic students, etc. I worked 2-3 hours Monday – Thursday at the law school, in a secured office space designated for the clinic. Being in the midst of hardworking law students, watching ideas got tossed around and making connections helped me in bettering the quality of my tasks and responsibilities because being in such an enriching environment made me feel like I was part of a joint effort – and that is a powerful feeling.

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