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Miller Johnson Paid Pre-law Diversity Internship

Date: Monday, August 11, 2014
Location: Unknown

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern

Program Description

Miller Johnson partners with Grand Valley State University to provide an academic semester-long internship opportunity (two opportunities per year – fall and winter).  The internship is intended to provide a pre-law student with exposure to a law firm environment, legal work, and legal professionals.

The position is scheduled for 10 hours per week while college is in session.  The student will not be scheduled to work the weeks immediately preceding and during exams or during school breaks.  The pay is $10 per hour.

The type of work to be performed will include the following:

  • Conduct legal / case study research and review legal documents, including deposition summaries.
  • Opportunities to work with attorneys and observe attorneys “in action” in court and other legal proceedings.
  • Assistance with the firm’s diversity and inclusion function.  For example, the intern may help coordinate firm diversity and inclusion activities and events.

Candidate Criteria

  • Junior or senior at Grand Valley State University who intends to go to law school to pursue a legal career
  • Minimum 3.0 grade point average
  • Demonstrated commitment toward diversity and inclusion


Interested students should submit the following via email (Microsoft Word and/or PDF format) to GVSU Department of Political Science Professor Mark Richards at richardm@mail.gvsu.eduno later than 4:00 p.m. Monday, August 11, 2014:

  • A current resume.
  • A brief (1-2 page) statement of suitability in terms of your interest in pursuing a legal career and in terms of your commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • A writing sample approximately 5-10 pages long. This should be a written project, report, or paper produced for a GVSU class.  Applicants may revise the writing sample prior to submission.

Applicant transcripts will be verified by GVSU staff via official GVSU records.  Applicants do not need to submit transcripts.

Applicants are reviewed by Professor Richards and finalists are referred to Miller Johnson for an employment interview.  Finalists will be interviewed at Miller Johnson by a Human Resources Representative and an Attorney on the firm’s Diversity Council in August.

The successful candidate will begin work in September 2014.  The student may be eligible to earn internship credits at the discretion of the student’s major department. 



Professor Mark Richards at