Internship program

Internship program

Plata Schott Attorneys & Counselors at Law (“the Firm”) is dedicated to the ethical growth and development of law students and new practitioners’ legal practice. For that reason, the Firm created a Legal Intern and Volunteer Attorney Program (“the Program”).

*Please note that we are not currently hiring.

Overview:

The Firm follows the Department of Labor Internship criteria to ensure that any Program Participants ("Participants") are not exploited under the Fair Labor Standard Act or misled. The Program abides by the following six (6) principals:



  • The Program, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the Firm, is similar to training that would be given in an education environment;

  • The Program experience is for the benefit of the intern;

  • The Participant does not displace regular employees, but works under direct supervision of existing staff;

  • The Firm, which provides the training, derives no immediate advantage of the activities of the intern, and, on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;

  • The Participant is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and

  • The Firm and the intern understand that the Participant is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.

 

Experience:

The Firm practices many areas of law, and is committed to pro bono legal service in the North Florida area. Participants will be assigned to one of the two partners and will work on cases that the attorney is currently handling. Participants can expect to gain experience in the area of Criminal Defense, Family Law, Probate, Personal Injury and many other areas of law depending upon the current caseload.

Participants may work at the work stations in the common areas of the office, or may work from home. Participants must have access to their own computer. The Firm will not supply a computer, but will have a scanner and printer for the Participant’s use.

Participants are expected to work not less than 10 and not more than 20 hours each week for the majority of the Program. Participants may request time off within reason. Participants must notify the managing attorney each week of the desired work schedule and is expected to maintain it. Participants may leave the Program at any time with written notice.

Participants my accompany any attorney to court, and will be given opportunities to observe other legal proceedings. A team meeting and educational session will be held once each week at a time to be determined by the supervising attorney. When the opportunity arises, the Firm may provide Participants with Continuing Legal Education opportunities.

Expectation:

The Firm expects professionalism at all times. Participants are expected to dress for court, and have a well-kempt appearance. The Firm also expects Participants to present the same image on social media that they would in the work place.

The Firm expects respect for the Firm, the workplace, client, potential clients, the court, and other attorneys.

The Firm expects that Participants will keep information confidential. Volunteer attorneys may be invited to take part in attorney-client conversations, and therefore are bound by the Rules of Professional Conduct. All Participants will have access to case files and are expected to maintain all information confidential. All Participants must sign a Confidentiality Agreement.

The Firm reserves the right to release any Participant who does not meet expectations.

Benefit:

The Firm will assist Participants with learning the law and procedure for various areas of practice, and introduce Participants to many other practitioners in the North Florida legal community. The Firm will serve as advisors for Participants and mentors. The Firm will also teach Participants about the challenges of owning and operating a law firm. The Participant will develop a personal relationship with the Firm and its partners.


Additionally, all projects are reviewed with a Firm partner, and

How to Be Involved:

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample and References to contact@plataschott.com with the subject, "Internship Program." The Firm offers an equal opportunity to all people regardless of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin. Selected individuals will be asked to fill out a Program Agreement, including a Confidentiality Agreement.

For Law Schools:

The Firm is willing to work with law schools who offer "bridge the gap" programs. Our firm carries a substantial pro bono case load, and we are able to accommodate students who may only work on pro bono cases. If you would like to know more, contact Shannon Schott at Shannon@plataschott.com.