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Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP

Spring 2018

Position: Intern
Student: Government Senior

I am currently interning at Shackelford Law Firm in Dallas, Texas. I am planning on attending law school next fall and really wanted to obtain an internship at a law firm. Shackelford is a mid-sized firm with attorneys practicing in a variety of different fields. Aviation, Family, Transactional, Construction, and Entertainment are just a few of the different practice areas at this firm. I have been fortunate enough to work for and learn from a few of these lawyers. The internship is unpaid and part time so that I can complete my online classes for my graduation requirements. Although it is part time, I find myself coming into the office as much as possible to learn from these inspiring attorneys.

A normal day consists of me arriving to the office at the time I established with whoever is needing my assistance. Lawyers schedules and timing are constantly being modified due to client conflicts etc. At the start of the internship I met with all of the lawyers at the firm and gave them my contact information as well as my location in the office so that whenever someone needs me they can find me. Working with a variety of lawyers has been really rewarding and they are eager to have extra help during their busy work days. Attorneys will stop by my office and tell me about offsite presentations, meetings and trials and invited me to attend. I spend most of my time working with a construction attorney. I have worked on motions to compel, motion for sanctions, and mediation statements that will be sent to the court. I draft these documents while using information from the case file and books regarding Texas Laws. I am given lots of responsibilities that force me to dig deeper, investigate, and research since I did not have much prior experience coming into the internship. I often draft whatever document is needed to the best of my ability, have it reviewed by the attorney, and then make the corrections and have it sent out to the court or client. I have also had the opportunity to sit in and observe mediations which was a great experience. I contact and interact with clients as well as attend client/attorney meetings when possible. Overall, the internship was a great learning experience and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in pursuing law and who is willing to learn at work at a fast pace.

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