IMG offers internships to current law students or to recent law school graduates and members of the Bar who wish to develop or increase their knowledge of the practice of maritime or international trade law. Our interns undertake real work for real clients and derive a realistic picture of what it is like to be a corporate maritime and international trade lawyer. Interns work with paralegals, associates, and partners on a wide variety of tasks from conducting legal research, drafting simple documents, attending court, and learning about the mechanics of closing a deal. Internships are unpaid, but have a higher hiring priority after they have successfully passed the Bar.
- Prepare new client engagement letters and fee agreements, assist with conflict checks, organize and maintain client files and contacts.
- Prepare and edit legal documents for filing, including: proofreading, cite checking, blue-booking, formatting, producing tables of contents and authorities, assembling exhibit lists, etc.
- Review, organize, and interpret factual and technical information; generate research notes, memoranda, summaries, tables, maps, and other visuals as needed.
- Draft basic pleadings and other case-related documents under attorney supervision, including: case initiating documents, proposed orders, cover letters, FOIA requests, pro hac vice applications, etc.
- Communicate with courts, clients, experts, opposing counsel, and government officials as requested or approved by attorneys.
- Communicate with IMG’s litigation team about notable case developments and helping to ensure IMG’s web page and social media sites are all up-to-date.
- Participate in conference calls and meetings when relevant to the position and/or assigned projects.
- General administrative assistance (scanning, proofreading, taking meeting minutes, updating database of case descriptions).
What we are looking for:
- Current law students or recent law school graduates and members of the Bar.
- Excellent analytic, legal writing and communication skills.
- Exceptional organizational skills, and ability to handle demanding responsibilities in a high volume environment.
- Demonstrated ability to interact with client personnel as well as representatives of other companies and adversaries.
- The ability to organize, set priorities among multiple assignments, meet deadlines, and function calmly under pressure.
- An early riser who works well under extreme pressure of deadlines and unexpected demands— including occasional evening and weekend work.
- An individual who is flexible, punctual, professional, honest, reliable, neat, and composed.
- A good sense of humor is essential.
- The ability to work effectively as part of a team, including with remote staff, and to maintain confidential information.
- An individual with emotional intelligence and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
- Interest in and knowledge of maritime or international trade law issues is a plus.
- Extreme proficiency with Adobe and basic Microsoft Office products (Word, Outlook, Power Point, Excel, etc.).
- Basic understanding of Microsoft Teams and SharePoint (for Case Management).
- Experience with Westlaw (legal research).
We accept students throughout the year but most students join the internship program in summer (June to August).
Interested applicants should complete this application form and be sure to include the following documents:
- Academic Transcript
- One or two-page cover letter that outlines why you want to work with IMG
- Short writing sample