Noah Lerner ’18
Public Defender, King County Department of Public Defense, Seattle
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Law firms, government offices, judges, legal service and advocacy organizations, corporations, unions, public defender agencies and academic institutions throughout the United States and around the world regularly hire Northeastern Law students throughout the year.
Employers must provide students with a minimum of 35 hours per week of substantive legal work under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney. At the conclusion of a work placement, the supervising attorney must complete a performance evaluation using a form provided by Northeastern that becomes a permanent part of the student’s academic record.
Northeastern administers a job posting system that provides participating employers with a pool of qualified applicants. Employers are regularly polled as to their hiring needs, receive resumes of interested students, and contact the Center for Co-op and Career Development to request interviews and offer positions. Employers not participating in this process may hire students who contact them directly pending administrative approval.
Employers determine student compensation. Salaries range widely from volunteer positions to upwards of $2,500 per week for large private law firms. In some instances, funding may be available for government and nonprofit employers through the federal Work-Study program.
Employers interested in hiring Northeastern law students on a regular basis should complete a New Employer Application Form. Upon receipt, employers will be contacted by a staff member.
For more information on becoming a co-op employer, or if you are a current employer, please contact the Center for Co-op and Career Development at 617.373.3002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.