Career Development Office

 

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Career Development Office
4604 Calhoun Road Room 8
Houston, Texas 77204-6054
Phone: 713-743-2090
Fax: 713-743-2091
lawcareer@uh.edu


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Apprentice Program - Information for Employers

The UHLC Career Development Office (CDO) now offers the Apprentice Program, an initiative designed to meet the needs of busy small law firms and provide upper-level law students additional experience with real-world legal work. By participating in the Apprentice Program, your firm can hire a law clerk at a reduced cost while providing meaningful, real-world experience to a law student.

Eligibility: The Apprentice Program is open to firms with four or fewer attorneys. Firms should be willing to give their apprentice hands-on legal experience and mentoring. Firms can participate in the program for no more than two consecutive semesters at a time (e.g., if your firm participates in the summer and fall programs, your firm is not eligible for the following spring program, but is eligible to register to participate again in the next summer program).

Compensation: The hourly wage for students in the program is $16 per hour, split evenly between the firm and the Law Center. Once you hire a student through the Apprentice Program and submit an initial invoice, the Law Center will advance their half of the hourly wages for a four-week period, so your firm can pay the student every two weeks. After that initial compensation, your firm must submit an invoice (just like billing a client) to the CDO every other week to receive reimbursement.

  • Fall or Spring Program: During spring or fall, the Law Center will subsidize wages for one apprentice for a twelve-week period, for up to fifteen hours per week.
  • Summer Program: During the summer, the Law Center will subsidize wages for a six-to-eight-week period for up to thirty hours per week.
  • Additional hours or wages: Participating firms are welcome to make further arrangements with their apprentice if they want more hours per week, or if they want to offer a higher hourly wage; however, the Law Center will only compensate the firm $8 per hour for up to the hourly and weekly limit.

Registration: Eligible firms may register to participate in the Apprentice Program during the two-week registration period leading up to the student application period. Registration is first-come, first-served. However, the Law Center reserves the right to limit participation, including limiting the number of participating firms with the same practice area. You can register for the program HERE. See the timeline below for employer registration dates.

Finding Your Apprentice: When registering for the program, your firm provides the CDO information on what you are seeking (e.g., practice area of interest, duties a law clerk would be expected to perform) and instructions about the documents needed to apply (e.g., resume, cover letter). Students will view firms and their application requirements over a one-week period, during which they can apply. You will be sent the application materials from students who apply, and will then have two weeks to interview and decide which student (if any) to offer an apprentice position. Students must accept or decline an offer in 3 days. You may only hire one apprentice per semester.

Timelines:

Summer 2016:

Employer Registration: March 14-25
Student Bidding: March 28-April 3
Interviews/Hires: April 4-April 15
Summer Dates: May 16-August 19

Fall 2016:

Employer Registration: July 25-August 5
Student Bidding: August 8-August 14
Interviews/Hires: August 15-August 26
Fall Dates: Fall Semester

Spring 2017:

Employer Registration: December 26-January 6
Student Bidding: January 9-January 15
Interviews/Hires: January 16-January 27
Spring Dates: Spring Semester

To learn more about the Apprentice Program or to inquire about participating, please contact Bill Powers in the Career Development Office.