Pre‐Law Internships

USD School of Law has established an unpaid internship program for undergraduate students considering a legal education upon graduation, and CPIL is a proud participant in this program, along with the Children’s Advocacy Institute, and the Energy Policy Initiatives Center. The program is intended to introduce these undergraduate students to the USD School of Law as well as public service through the legal profession.

Interns in the Program work with CPIL personnel and law students on a variety of research projects and assist with clerical and other tasks as assigned. Projects may involve helping staff conduct research for reports, reviewing and analyzing pending state and federal legislation, and drafting letters of support or opposition for Center staff consideration, identifying and comparing each state’s laws on certain Center‐related topics, and reviewing regulatory proposals by state or federal agencies and preparing related materials. Once accepted to the Program, students will coordinate their schedules with the appropriate Center director. The weekly time commitment is typically ten hours per week.

Pre-law interns are encouraged to attend USD School of Law events, have the opportunity to observe at least one law school class, and interact with the school’s professors, students and administrators.

Please review the internship program information and qualifications attached (pdf). Fill out the application below and submit with requested materials as a complete package.

Download the application (pdf)


Meet Claudia Pre-Law Intern Summer 2018

Claudia Mascari

Claudia is attending Loyola University, New Orleans as an English major. Her sister Juliana currently attends USD School of Law and introduced Claudia to our Pre-Law Internship Program.

 Claudia believes social justice is most effectively accomplished through accountable and ethical governance at all levels, for all people. She values the Jesuit education aptitudes of cultivating a contemplative vision formed by hope, special concern for the poor oppressed, and linking faith with justice.

As a pre-law intern at CPIL, Claudia drafted request letters to regulatory agencies under the California Public Records Act, researched various Board policies and structures, helped edit the California Regulatory Law Reporter for publication, and attended a meeting and testified before the State Bar of California Board of Trustees.

She looks forward to applying to law schools this year.