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LEGAL INTERN: Using The Law To Help Protect The Environment

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Noelle is a law student and legal intern for a conservation and development commission. Her responsibilities include conducting research and analyzing legal questions for environmental organizations. She wishes that she had realized the importance of math in high school - her colleagues have cool jobs that use a lot of math and science, so now she's having to play catch up to understand what they do!

School: Vermont Law School ; Vermont Law School - San Francisco State University
Degree: Law - Creative Writing
Job Title: Legal Intern

Job Summary: Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Job Description

Paralegals and legal assistants do a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Employers sometimes hire college graduates with no legal experience or education and train them on the job. In these cases, the new employee often has experience in a technical field that is useful to law firms, such tax preparation or criminal justice.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$30,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
15 to 20 percent
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Full-time
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Indoor, Office
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Organizational skills, People skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Analytical skills, Detail oriented

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m='12680'>of</span> <span m='12740'>legal</span> <span m='12990'>research.</span> <span m='13750'>I</span> <span m='13920'>go</span> <span m='14140'>on</span> <span m='14740'>the</span> <span m='14850'>occasional</span> <span m='15250'>site</span> <span m='15580'>visit</span> <span m='16290'>to</span> <span m='17150'>different</span> <span m='17580'>permitting</span> <span m='17870'>sites,</span> <span m='18900'>and</span> <span m='19240'>then</span> <span m='19530'>I</span> <span m='19700'>also</span> <span m='20770'>work</span> <span m='21370'>with</span> <span m='21580'>the</span> <span m='21640'>legal</span> <span m='21880'>department</span> <span m='22500'>in</span> <span m='22800'>analyzing</span> <span m='23630'>different</span> <span m='24150'>legal</span> <span m='24480'>questions</span> <span m='24850'>for</span> <span m='24940'>different</span> <span m='25170'>people</span> <span m='25470'>in</span> <span m='26260'>different</span> <span m='26510'>departments.</span> <span m='27210'>So</span> <span m='27490'>if</span> <span m='27610'>somebody</span> <span m='28100'>doesn't</span> <span m='28510'>quite</span> <span m='28920'>know</span> <span m='30090'>how</span> <span m='30330'>statutes</span> <span m='31530'>affect</span> <span m='32119'>their</span> <span m='32380'>work,</span> <span m='33080'>they</span> <span m='33240'>come</span> <span m='33420'>to</span> <span m='33560'>us</span> <span m='33950'>and</span> <span m='34160'>we</span> <span m='34410'>let</span> <span m='34630'>them</span> <span m='34780'>know</span> <span m='34900'>exactly</span> <span m='35450'>what</span> <span m='35790'>they</span> <span m='35960'>need</span> <span m='36150'>to</span> <span m='36270'>know</span> <span m='36490'>so</span> <span m='36650'>that</span> <span m='36810'>they</span> <span m='36890'>don't</span> <span m='37235'>get</span> <span m='37580'>into</span> <span m='37720'>legal</span> <span m='38000'>trouble.</span> </p><p><span m='39020'>Well</span> <span m='39360'>in</span> <span m='39660'>undergrad,</span> <span m='40310'>I</span> <span m='40540'>was</span> <span m='40890'>a</span> <span m='40950'>creative</span> <span m='41370'>writing</span> <span m='41660'>major,</span> <span m='42090'>so</span> <span m='42450'>it was</span> <span m='42600'>nowhere</span> <span m='42940'>near</span> <span m='43370'>the</span> <span m='43510'>type</span> <span m='43760'>of</span> <span m='44220'>work</span> <span m='44530'>that</span> <span m='44640'>I</span> <span m='44720'>do</span> <span m='44890'>now.</span> <span m='45620'>I</span> <span m='46270'>decided</span> <span m='47220'>when</span> <span m='47440'>I</span> <span m='47570'>was</span> <span m='48110'>traveling</span> <span m='48530'>abroad</span> <span m='48820'>and</span> <span m='49110'>working</span> <span m='49550'>abroad and</span> <span m='49910'>just</span> <span m='50060'>trying</span> <span m='50250'>to</span> <span m='50290'>figure</span> <span m='50510'>out</span> <span m='50570'>what</span> <span m='50650'>I</span> <span m='50690'>wanted</span> <span m='50910'>to</span> <span m='51000'>do</span> <span m='51240'>for</span> <span m='51430'>a</span> <span m='51480'>career</span> <span m='51810'>that</span> <span m='52150'>the</span> <span m='52360'>law</span> <span m='52760'>was</span> <span m='52940'>probably</span> <span m='53490'>where</span> <span m='53680'>I</span> <span m='53710'>could</span> <span m='53910'>make</span> <span m='54170'>the</span> <span m='54260'>biggest</span> <span m='54710'>impact</span> <span m='55130'>and</span> <span m='55200'>make</span> <span m='55360'>the</span> <span m='55440'>most</span> <span m='55660'>difference</span> <span m='56010'>environmentally.</span> <span m='57600'>So</span> <span m='58160'>I</span> <span m='58310'>ended</span> <span m='58520'>up</span> <span m='58630'>going</span> <span m='58870'>back</span> <span m='59080'>to</span> <span m='59210'>school</span> <span m='59940'>to</span> <span m='60070'>go</span> <span m='60190'>to</span> <span m='60260'>Vermont</span> <span m='60580'>Law,</span> <span m='60850'>which</span> <span m='61150'>is</span> <span m='61390'>the</span> <span m='61460'>Number</span> <span m='61630'>1</span> <span m='61770'>environmental</span> <span m='62200'>law</span> <span m='62370'>school</span> <span m='62610'>in</span> <span m='62670'>the</span> <span m='62750'>country.</span> </p><p><span m='64480'>I</span> <span m='64580'>love</span> <span m='64810'>it</span> <span m='64920'>there.</span> <span m='65209'>It's</span> <span m='65620'>a</span> <span m='65710'>great</span> <span m='66050'>atmosphere.</span> <span m='66540'>A</span> <span m='66590'>lot</span> <span m='66740'>of</span> <span m='66870'>really cool</span> <span m='67310'>people</span> <span m='67560'>go</span> <span m='68040'>to</span> <span m='68250'>school</span> <span m='68610'>with</span> <span m='68790'>me,</span> <span m='68970'>and</span> <span m='69130'>we're</span> <span 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m='80740'>when</span> <span m='80870'>I</span> <span m='80960'>was</span> <span m='81080'>in</span> <span m='81170'>high</span> <span m='81360'>school</span> <span m='81650'>is</span> <span m='81780'>that</span> <span m='81930'>math</span> <span m='82300'>was</span> <span m='82620'>actually</span> <span m='83070'>important,</span> <span m='83790'>because</span> <span m='84160'>I</span> <span m='84220'>hated</span> <span m='84600'>the</span> <span m='84670'>class.</span> <span m='85270'>I</span> <span m='85830'>never</span> <span m='86150'>wanted</span> <span m='86300'>to</span> <span m='86410'>do</span> <span m='86610'>anything</span> <span m='86900'>to</span> <span m='87020'>do with</span> <span m='87190'>it.</span> <span m='87320'>It's</span> <span m='87500'>part of</span> <span m='87660'>why I</span> <span m='87840'>went</span> <span m='88000'>into</span> <span m='88060'>English,</span> <span m='88590'>but</span> <span m='88900'>when</span> <span m='89270'>I</span> <span m='89320'>look</span> <span m='89500'>at a</span> <span m='89530'>lot</span> <span m='89720'>of</span> <span m='89760'>the</span> <span m='89850'>really</span> <span m='90230'>cool</span> <span m='90600'>jobs</span> <span m='91180'>that</span> <span m='92320'>a</span> <span m='92410'>lot</span> <span m='92630'>of</span> <span m='92790'>the</span> <span m='93070'>people</span> <span m='93310'>I</span> <span m='93370'>really</span> <span m='93600'>respect</span> <span m='94330'>within</span> <span m='94610'>the</span> <span m='94690'>environmental</span> <span m='95180'>field</span> <span m='95610'>are</span> <span m='95790'>doing</span> <span m='96060'>now,</span> <span m='96330'>it</span> <span m='96460'>all</span> <span m='96610'>involves</span> <span m='96970'>math</span> <span m='97360'>and</span> <span m='97550'>science</span> <span m='98380'>and</span> <span m='98530'>things</span> <span m='98760'>like</span> <span m='98930'>that.</span> <span m='99160'>And</span> <span m='99310'>to</span> <span m='99410'>a</span> <span m='99450'>degree, you</span> <span m='99810'>need</span> <span m='99990'>it</span> <span m='100180'>for</span> <span m='100480'>the</span> <span m='100590'>law</span> <span m='100840'>too,</span> <span m='101130'>so</span> <span m='101500'>I'm</span> <span m='101640'>retroactively</span> <span m='102540'>having</span> <span m='102830'>to</span> <span m='102910'>catch</span> <span m='103230'>up</span> <span m='103390'>with</span> <span m='103530'>a</span> <span m='103600'>lot</span> <span m='103790'>of</span> <span m='103870'>these</span> <span m='104060'>people,</span> <span m='104780'>so I</span> <span m='105080'>wish I</span> <span m='105190'>would</span> <span m='105490'>have</span> <span m='105820'>paid</span> <span m='106030'>a</span> <span m='106120'>little</span> <span m='106300'>bit</span> <span m='106420'>more</span> <span m='106610'>attention</span> <span m='107170'>to</span> <span m='107570'>the</span> <span m='107660'>math</span> <span m='107880'>and</span> <span m='107980'>science</span> <span m='108340'>background</span> <span m='108840'>needed</span> <span m='109140'>for</span> <span m='109260'>my</span> <span m='109410'>job.</span> </p>","file":{"id":305212,"video_id":"2794200119001","name":"1442-Noelle-LawStudentConservationIntern1","duration":110272,"thumbnail_url":null}});