Steps to Gain Academic Credit
If students choose to do a Legal Studies Internship (either an internship or a Senior Thesis is required), students are required to work in public service organizations. The LGLS Internship Director will assist you with finding an internship.
The internship provides a capstone experience for most Legal Studies students in their junior and senior years.
Prerequisites: LGLS 10a and one other LGLS course or permission of the instructor.
Meet with Professor Stimell, Director of the Internship Program, to discuss specific internship opportunities. Contact information: stimell at brandeis dot edu, 781-736-3027, Brown 311.
Enroll in LGLS 89a Law and Society Internship and Seminar
To obtain an internship, students must discuss their placements with the LGLS program administrator by March 15 for fall term internships or by October 15 for spring-term internships. This course may not be repeated for credit. Biweekly class and a supervised law-related internship in a public agency or nonprofit organization. Internships must be arranged through the program administrator. Usually offered every semester.
- Work two full days per week at the placement over the course of the semester.
- Attend the biweekly seminar held on Wednesday evenings.
- Meet with the LGLS Internship Director on at least two occasions to discuss the details of the internship research project.
- Present a brief oral report to the class, describing the project's findings.
- Complete a 25-page analytical paper on the research project at the end of the semester.
- Complete an extensive evaluation of the internship.
The Legal Studies Program at Brandeis aims to advance the critical understanding of law within a liberal arts community. Accordingly, the program stresses the impact of law in areas of health, commerce, public service, community life, and international culture. The curriculum reaches across departments and cooperates actively with most of Brandeis' interdepartmental programs.
LGLS internships seek to enlarge the students' perspective beyond the daily tasks of their working environment to ask critical questions, draw tentative conclusions, and modify their judgments about law, policy, and agency life. It is an academic proving ground in many senses--an opportunity for students to test their liberal arts experience against the challenges of public service and organizational life. Internships expose students to a wide array of institutional settings: from organizations that advocate on behalf of the disenfranchised, to legislative offices in the Massachusetts House and Senate; from organizations that provide direct client service, to those whose primary mission is research on community problems or public policies.
Past Internship Sites:
Because the internships in Legal Studies are so closely tied to the academic program, all students interested in careers in law are advised to meet with Prof. Stimel to discuss her contacts and past sites. Prof. Stimel can assist you even if you are not enrolled in the Legal Studies program.