Alaska Department of Law Internship Program
The Alaska Department of Law’s internship program is unbeatable. During my first law school summer, I drafted contract clauses for government agencies, appealed administrative decisions, wrote substantive sections of state motions, and became a member of a litigation team as it handled a weeks-long federal trial. Experiencing such a diverse set of projects gave me a much clearer sense of the type of law I’d like to practice and the skills that I need to be a great attorney. And working for the State of Alaska opened up a whole array of unique opportunities: the state’s youth meant that I got to tackle questions of first impression; its vastness and diversity gave rise to a number of different types of legal issues; the relatively small size of its government made it easy to meet officials from the agencies we were representing; and the intimacy of the Alaska bar made it possible for me to meet judges at both the federal and state level. Hopefully it goes without saying, too, that life in Alaska is like nothing else. Not many lawyers get to switch their suits with waders and go fish for salmon under the midnight sun!
- Nic, Stanford Law School, Summer 2014
The summer internship with the Alaska Department of Law is a great introduction to the state’s legal community. I recommend it because students are exposed to the variety of legal issues you’d find at a large firm but with the collegial work environment of a small practice. Serving in the Natural Resources Section allowed me to work on interesting questions of state/federal law and develop useful knowledge in wildlife and administrative law. In addition to developing important legal skills, Alaska offers world-class recreational opportunities that allow you to relax and network with your colleagues. The Alaska backcountry is an unforgettable outdoor experience.
- Travis, George Washington University Law School, Summer 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed my summer at the Alaska Department of Law. I had a wonderful experience and learned more than I could have imagined. Everyone at the Department of Law was very friendly and approachable. I was exposed to many different aspects of being a practicing attorney including working on a two-week civil bench trial, attending a deposition, attending a hearing, preparing memorandum, researching statutory issues, and assisting with a reply brief. The projects I was assigned covered a diverse array of subjects. The work was challenging but very interesting and meaningful. I didn’t have a single project that felt like busywork. The week-long Mock Trial was a really fun and unique experience for a summer intern! Additionally, being from Juneau, it was great to spend another summer in Alaska. The hiking and outdoor recreation activities were a great way to unwind from my 1L year!
- Rose, Stanford Law School, Summer 2014
The Alaska Department of Law Internship Program is the ultimate legal internship experience. My weekdays were filled with interesting legal research with the help of incredible mentors, and my weekends were filled with camping trips in some of the most beautiful places in the world. The Alaska Department of Law Internship Program is a true program where they encourage interns to get involved in a huge variety of real world legal experiences as well as provide informative lunches and even put on a mock trial. You will leave Alaska thinking you were at a ten week summer camp but look back and realize that you learned more about the law then you could have ever hoped to anywhere else.
- Matt (front center), University of California, Hastings College of Law, Summer 2014
Interning in Alaska with the Department of Law provided me with a legal experience that I would not have gotten anywhere else. Because Alaska is such a young state, I was able to work on a number of cases of first impression. I also got to work on cases that are unique to Alaska, such as legal issues surrounding rural airports and float plane facilities. This experience also gave me the opportunity to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. There is so much to do here, from hiking and biking around town to camping in Denali and taking a helicopter tour around the Gilkey Glacier and the Juneau Ice Field. I would definitely recommend interning for the Alaska Department of Law!
- Katie – American University Washington College of Law, Summer 2014
My summer in Alaska was awesome! The intern program here is unmatched. The work was incredibly interesting. I worked on issues of constitutional law that have little precedent in Alaska and broad implications for the development of this young State. The attorneys treat you like family, and make a great effort to ensure that you are experiencing all that Alaska has to offer. When I wasn't researching exciting legal questions, I was hiking and backpacking in the mountains. Alaska's beauty is unbelievable, and the attorneys make sure that you have the time, equipment, and company to experience it to the fullest.
- Byron, New York University School of Law, Summer 2013
"I can't imagine having done anything else with my summer. The Department of Law exposed me to a wider range of legal issues and practice areas than I could ever have expected to work on during one summer. The Department's attorneys are very engaged and dedicated people from whom I learned a tremendous amount. The attorneys were very attuned to interns' areas of interest and always made sure to notify interns if any projects coincided with those interests. There were a number of opportunities to learn outside of the office, as well, including the mock trial program, a visit to the Alaska Supreme Court, and the opportunity to watch trial and appellate proceedings. And what could be better than spending weekends hiking in Denali and kayaking in Homer?"
- Karthik, Harvard Law School, Summer 2013
Interning with the Department of Law was a truly excellent experience in every sense of the phrase. I was able to work on real civil motions and participate in meetings with opposing counsel. They attorneys in the office were incredible mentors, always glad to give feedback and making me feel like I was part of the team. I learned a ton about what type of legal work interests me and had my first encounter with fishing waders. I really cannot imagine a better way to spend the summer.
- Meg, New York University School of Law, Summer 2013
When people ask me, "How was Alaska?" it's difficult to know how to respond. There are really no words to describe how exceptional this experience was, but I'll try. The mixture of work and play is like no other legal internship you will find. At work I conducted legal research, drafted motions, attended client meetings, and observed court proceedings. The atmosphere of the office is professional yet extremely friendly. It was also great to arrive in Alaska with a whole cohort of interns from across the country. On the weekends we went halibut and salmon fishing, backpacking and kayaking. At the end of the summer it was extremely difficult to say goodbye to my coworkers, fellow interns and Alaska's natural beauty.
- Rebecca, University of California, Davis School of Law, Summer 2013
Although I may be a bit biased as a lifelong Alaskan, I think that everyone should be clamoring for a summer internship at the Alaska Department of Law. Not only are interns given interesting and substantial legal work, but it is done in a low-stress, welcoming environment where a healthy work/life balance is essentially mandated. The internship is also set in a place with unrivaled beauty where many like-minded interns are eager to go on many outdoor adventure activities. I wholeheartedly recommend the experience to everyone who is thinking of applying.
- Sam, Boston College Law School, Summer 2013
Interning with the Department of Law was a great opportunity to get hands on legal experience while spending a summer in the most beautiful place on Earth.
- Michael, University of Washington Law School, Summer 2013
"I could not imagine a better summer internship experience. The office is filled with warm, welcoming, and interesting people. The attorneys I worked with were true mentors, providing guidance and support. In addition to researching, writing, working with clients, and going to court, I was exposed to a wide range of legal issues and assignments. Most importantly, I was encouraged to think critically and develop my own projects and areas of interest and run with them. The stimulating legal environment coupled with the various outdoor activities and beauty of Alaska make an internship at the Department of Law an amazing summer opportunity. Also, you will see a moose in your backyard."
- Aaron, University of California, Hastings College of Law, Summer 2012
I've been talking quite a bit to my fellow law students and hearing about their experiences, and I have to say that I am so lucky to have worked at the Department of Law this summer. It was truly a unique experience and very valuable both personally and to my legal education.
- Joanna, University of Washington, Summer 2011
"Working in Alaska is exciting because it really is different than any other state. I was exposed to unique legal issues, and was introduced to a wonderful and tightknit legal community. I don't think many other internships could have provided me with the type of experience I got this summer. And to top it off, just being in Alaska makes every day just a little bit more fun!"
- Zephyr, Vermont University, Summer 2012
"In addition to being given the opportunity to work on real civil trial motions and appellate briefs, I participated in a mock trial, which was probably the most transformative experience I had this summer. I was able to prepare for and present a criminal trial, from starting strategy to closing arguments."
- Johanna, Columbia School of Law, Summer 2012
"I cannot say enough great things about my internship for the Alaska Attorney General's Office. The atmosphere in the office was extremely collegial and made me look forward to coming to work each day. The attorneys were very welcoming and willing to take the time to answer any questions I had regarding legal issues or post-graduation plans. In addition to the exceptional experiences that I had in the office, I had a chance to explore the beauty of Alaska. The sun doesn't set until midnight, so there are countless hours to do things like run through the snow on the top of Mount Alyeska, pet reindeer, feed musk oxen, and explore the countless trails running throughout Alaska (just to name a few). I wholeheartedly recommend an internship with the Alaska Attorney General's Office; you won't regret it!"
Erica, Rutgers School of Law, Summer 2012