(Reuters) - Venable is partnering with New York Law School to host 120 of its students in an online summer work program that will give them class credit. Many law students have had their summer job plans canceled or cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Participants in the eight-week online program will work on simulated legal assignments on coronavirus-related challenges in employment, privacy and public health law to make them more competitive candidates for jobs open later this year, NYLS said in a statement on Tuesday. They will take classes while working with Venable attorneys, in exchange for credit toward their graduation requirements. Their tuition and fees for the summer will be paid for by donations from NYLS alumni.
The program aims to help the many law students who had their “summer jobs or externships vanish” this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, said Anthony Crowell, NYLS Dean and President, in the statement.
NYLS alumnus and co-chair of Venable’s labor and employment practice group Michael Volpe helped create the program.
Since U.S. state governments in March began ordering residents to stay at home, some courts have canceled their summer internships and dozens of large law firms have shortened or canceled their summer associate programs citing health or financial concerns.
Some of those firms, including Latham & Watkins and Kirkland & Ellis, have pledged to still pay students for the entire summer. Most are reducing summer pay but making offers to impacted students.
Venable on Friday said its traditional summer associate program will now be a four-week virtual “boot camp.” It declined to comment on whether summer associate pay would be impacted.
The firm has more than 850 lawyers and advisors and was founded in Baltimore, according to its website.