Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Summer 2019

Position: Legal Fellow
Student: Psychology Junior

As an undergraduate in psychology with the intent of going into law school after I graduated, I knew I wanted to work at a law firm over the summer. In the spring, I had no idea where to begin looking, but Vinson and Elkins was the perfect place for me to go: it was close to home, a name recognition firm, and had a big intern program. I worked at their Austin office with two other interns, which is much smaller than their headquarters in Houston, that had over forty interns. I loved having a smaller group of interns. Even though we were all sent to different departments, we got to know each other very well, and never felt like we were competing with one another, especially when during firm wide intern seminars, the Houston interns were fighting to get a seat at the table (physically, and metaphorically).

I worked for Vinson and Elkins LLP in the Summer of 2019, from late May to the middle of August. I was able to build my schedule, which was a great plus for me, considering I worked a second job and was taking online courses. My days began between 8:00am and 8:30am, and lasted until 5:00pm. I spent the majority of my time with the talent management group, where I researched and presented different maternity, sabbatical, and insurance policies utilized by V&E’s competition, and potential lateral hires. Even though I was a part of the talent management team, I would also fill in for reception, help with filing, paperwork, and be available for any other project that an attorney would require help with.

I had a fantastic experience spending the summer at Vinson and Elkins. The staff was incredibly kind and helpful, and so patient at the beginning of my ‘learning curve.’ I cannot recommend the internship program enough to future law students.

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