Summer Law Internship Program

For over 10 years, the Memphis Bar Association has sponsored the Summer Law Intern Program, which seeks to develop and nurture an interest in the legal profession among young people from underrepresented groups. Students accepted into the program are placed in law firms, corporate legal departments, or government agencies and are required to work a total of 60 hours during the four-week period in the summer. Upon successful completion of the internship, they will receive $500 stipend during a graduation ceremony to be held in early July. 

The High School Summer Law Intern Program provides experience in the daily legal workplace of private law firms, corporate law divisions or governmental law offices. The legal profession includes many different kinds of law and many different types of practice, ranging from trial attorneys to in-house corporate counsel. The participating workplaces are asked to provide them with a perspective of the legal practice in Memphis by accompanying lawyers to court; assisting lawyers in case preparation; observing the negotiation or closing of a business transaction, etc. 

You can read about Quinton Thompson's experience with SLIP and how it led him to become an attorney here.
​If you are a law firm or organization that would like to host an intern, please e-mail



  • minority high school students in good standing
  • who will begin their junior or senior year of high school in August 2020 (Accepting a few graduating Seniors)  
  • residents of, and attend school in, Shelby County
  • Applicants previously accepted into the program are not eligible

Selection Criteria

The number of interns accepted into the program will depend on the number of workplaces available. For the past few years, the number of interns has ranged from 60 to 75. Members of the MBA Summer Law Intern Program Committee will judge the applicants on the following criteria:

  • interest in the law as a future career
  • school and community activities and/or employment history
  • oral presentation skills (e.g., group interview)
  • writing skills (e.g., statement of interest)​


Application & Selection Process

Internships run from June 1-26, 2020.  

  • April 3 at 5 p.m. - Application submission deadline 
  • April - Group Interviews
  • May - Notification of Acceptance 
  • June - Program dates



  • Minority high school students in good standing
  • Must have completed to the 10th grade by 2020
  • Residents of, and attend school in, Shelby County
  • Applicants previously accepted into the program are not eligible
  • Available to work a total of 60 hours during June 1-26, 2020


The Summer Law Intern program would not be possible without the help of donations. You can sponsor one student to participate in the program for $500, but no amount is too small. All donations are tax deductible. 

Specific Contributions:

  • Closing ceremony - $5,000
  • Stipend for 10 students - $5,000
  • Stipend for 1 student - $500

General Contributions:

  • $50 to $200

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