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Summer Honors Program - Frequently Asked Questions

Are Summer Honors interns paid?
Who is eligible for housing?
Where is the housing?
Does the Law Department hire first-year law students for the Summer Honors Program?
Can interns split the summer?
How many second-year law students in the Summer Honors Program receive offers for permanent employment?
How are interns assigned to divisions?
Can interns rotate between divisions?
Is there a mentor program for summer interns?
How many different attorneys will I be working with during the summer?
When should I apply for the Summer Honors Program?
Is there a City residency requirement?
Is there a U.S. citizenship requirement?

Are Summer Honors interns paid?
Yes. For 2014, we can offer $500 per week stipends to all 2L interns, but only to a limited number of 1L interns. Free housing is available to eligible summer interns.

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Who is eligible for housing?
Housing is available for summer interns who both attend law school outside of commuting distance of the City and have permanent addresses outside of commuting distance of the City.

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Where is the housing?
Summer interns have been housed in New York University Law School dormitories. Each intern will have a private bedroom, with a kitchen and bathroom to share with one other Summer Honors intern.

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Does the Law Department hire first-year law students for the Summer Honors Program?
We usually hire 15 to 20 first-year law students. First-year law students are also paid and offered housing. They participate in the same activities as the second-year law students in the Program.

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Can interns split the summer?
We require interns to work 8 of the 9 weeks of our program which normally starts the first Monday in June and ends the first Friday in August. Interns are free to arrange other internships for the remaining weeks of the summer.

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How many second-year law students in the Summer Honors Program receive offers for permanent employment?
In 2012, 17 of the 20 second year students in the program received offers of permanent employment.

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How are interns assigned to divisions?
Interns provide us with their division preferences when hired and are usually assigned to their first or second choice division. We try to place second-year students in divisions with openings for graduating law students, such as Tort, Family Court, Special Federal Litigation, Labor and Employment Law, and General Litigation.

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Can interns rotate between divisions?
No. We find that continuity in supervision permits us to give interns increasingly challenging work over the course of the summer. The work within each division is varied enough to give interns a wide range of experiences.

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Is there a mentor program for summer interns?
Yes. Each summer intern is assigned a mentor. Ideally, the mentor will be an attorney who will not be assigning work directly to the intern.

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How many different attorneys will I be working with during the summer?
Each intern should receive several major assignments during the summer with different attorney supervisors. The number and nature of assignments vary by division.

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When should I apply for the Summer Honors Program?
Second-year law students should apply through the Fall OCI process at their school or apply through our on-line application process during the Fall semester. First-year law students should apply after December 1, either through our on-line process or through the Spring on-campus interview days and job fairs in which we participate.

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Is there a City residency requirement?
No.

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Is there a U.S. citizenship requirement?
No, but we do require our interns to be enrolled in an accredited United States or Canadian law school.

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