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Vercammen & Assoc Law Office
2053 Woodbridge Ave.
DescriptionVOLUNTEER INTERNSHIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS- EDISON, N.J.
Volunteer students will have an the opportunity to work in a busy law office and work with real clients. Students interested in a career in law can obtain knowledge and experience in law office procedures, preparing legal correspondence, and assisting clients.
1. WORK ON CRIMINAL, MUNICIPAL COURT AND DWI CASES
-Interview Clients facing charges in Municipal Court including Drug Possession, Drunk Driving, Assault, Driving While Suspended and other criminal and traffic offenses
-Make demands for Discovery on Prosecutor and review police reports
-Contacts with Courts and Prosecutors offices
-Attend hearings and learn from experienced trial attorneys
-Prepare Motions to Suppress Evidence and Motions to Compel Discovery
-Conduct appropriate Legal research
-Acquire skills in Criminal Law and Procedure by active participation
-Participate in Public Relations activities and help organize seminars
- Update Lists of Prosecutors, Judges and Attorneys for publication of
NJ Municipal Court Law Review
- Revise criminal and traffic law Articles and submit to Law Journals and criminal law websites
2. WILLS & PROBATE PRACTICE
- ACT AS FORMAL WITNESS TO WILLS, POWER OF ATTORNEY AND OTHER LEGAL DOCUMENTS
-PUBLICIZE WILL SEMINARS AND ATTEND PROGRAMS FREE OF CHARGE
3 -WORK ON MARKETING AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS including setting up seminar and submitting articles to legal websites and search engines
4. WORK ON LITIGATION MATTERS
Prepare demand letters
Volunteer to help indigent people charged with criminal and motor vehicle offenses of magnitude. In additional to time in court, you will be given research assignments. You can work more hours if you want. Help people less fortunate than you who are down on their luck.
ResponsibilitiesVolunteer 4th year students and recent college graduates will have the opportunity to work in a busy law office and work with real clients. Students interested in a career in law can obtain knowledge and experience in law office procedures, preparing legal correspondence, and assisting clients.
Interested students must mail or fax a cover letter indicating the internship they are applying for and resume. If no personal cover letter by student, the resume will not be considered. Emails not accepted. After sending the resume and cover letter, call the office.
Details on internships at http://www.njlaws.com/intern.htm
When I was in law school, I didn't have a lawyer or mentor from whom I could get "off the record" advice. Law schools and pre-law programs don't teach students how to practice law or serve clients. We try to "give a chance" to deserving law students and paralegals. I promise you will learn New Jersey Law and Procedures. On your first day, we will provide you with training materials and computer assistance. We provide detailed instructions on office procedures, how to use the Mac computer and how to work on litigation files, especially criminal and probate cases.
When I was in law school, we were only told to memorize substantive law and to repeat the law on tests. Very little was taught on how to practice law, work in an office or handle responsibility. Most young lawyers have difficulty adapting in their first law firm job. We now provide law practice management skills such as using computers in litigation, completing time sheets and interview/investigation techniques.
All participants are given instructions how to handle phone calls, draft letters in response to correspondence and discuss how files are set up. You will use the Macintosh to type, spell check and print form letters to clients informing them of hearings or motions.
Law Clerks read the files and are permitted to handle phone calls out to obtain information needed, such as speaking with police and prosecutors to obtain discovery and police reports.
Many law firms use law clerks as research only and tools. Law Clerks handle day-to-day telephone follow up tasks and chase adversaries and government departments who failed to respond to our Requests for Documents or did not comply with subpoenas.
There are many responsibilities, which each law clerk must assume. They must work as regular employees, appear in professional Court attire and complete assigned work tasks rather than shoot-the-breeze. My own internship experience was not a useful experience because the office I clerked for had no assigned tasks, no specific days to appear and no requirements. By learning through a real work environment, my mentor/internship program prepares students for working with a busy litigation law office.
RequirementsParticipants must stick to days and hours selected and make up missed days. The legal interns must work a minimum of 12 weeks. Longer hours or weeks permitted. Summer internship is minimum 18 hours per week, Summer-4th year students and college graduates
Interested students must mail or fax a cover letter and resume.
This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience as a volunteer intern and learn New Jersey Practice and Procedure. Build your resume and obtain marketable skills. You will handle a client's file and learn details on running a successful law practice. This will not be a brief writing and photocopying clerkship. For additional information on the Law Office, please visit the website at www.njlaws.com. We sponsor a statewide website with information on litigation, personal injury, criminal and probate matters. It is helpful if applicants have some familiarity with HTML programming, web page design and maintenance and Internet technology. If you can update a website, please indicate so in the first paragraph of your cover letter. This office is committed to excellence and service to clients and the community. Applicants must have attention to detail. Additional information on internship at http://www.njlaws.com/intern.htm
Mail or fax cover letter and resume. Do not email.
Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, PC
2053 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ 08817
[near Rt 287 and the NJ Turnpike]
PHONE 732-572-0500 (Fax) 732-572-0030
Our office is now successfully equipped to handle 5 part time law clerks since they work on 6 computers. We select students who are willing to dedicate the time and energy needed. It has been a successful program for my office and we hope to continue this unique program for years to come to benefit the students who need an opportunity to learn and prove themselves. We believe you will be satisfied with our program.
I serve as a mentor and reference on behalf of students who finish the program. We show students how to communicate with clients, set up litigation files, obtain police reports, and the importance of marketing. We remain available after their 12-week internship for references and questions. I have a feeling of satisfaction helping the "non- law review, middle and bottom of the class" unemployed students. Someday, when these students become the Chief Justice, they will remember the lawyer who helped them out in the beginning. This personal mentor/internship program has given me friendship and a feeling of accomplishment. We also bridge the gap between school placement offices and the real world by providing career advice and suggestions.
If any other students are also interested, please have them send us a cover letter and resume immediately.
It is helpful if applicants have some familiarity with adding podcasts to ITunes, or HTML programming, web page design and maintenance and Internet technology. We sponsor a statewide website wit