Summer Law Internship Program

The Summer Law Intern Program provides diverse high school students the opportunity to experience the daily legal workplace of private law firms, corporate law divisions or governmental agencies in a virtual setting. Interns are required to work a total of 45 hours during the summer program, which will takes place on July 7 - July 28, 2021.

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 45 hours July 7 - July 28. Upon successful completion of the internship, they will receive $500 stipend. A graduation ceremony will be held July 30.  

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
  • must have completed the 10th grade by July 2021
  • must attend a high school in Shelby County, TN
  • Must be available to work a total of 45 hours July 7 - July 28, 2021
  • Applicants previously accepted into the program are not eligible

Selection Criteria

 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 deadline is March 15. 


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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