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Hours:
MWThF 8am-5pm
Tuesday 8am-5pm

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

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Meet the Staff CDO Past Events

Hours:
MWThF 8am-5pm
Tuesday 8am-5pm

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

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Corporate Fellowship Program (CFP) and Corporate Internship Program (CIP)

With increasing restrictions on departmental budgets, corporate legal departments are seeking innovative ways to cut costs while providing their business clients with top-notch legal services. The University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) recognizes this unique channel and has launched two new programs to address this issue.

UHLC’s Corporate Fellowship Program (CFP) and Corporate Internship Program (CIP) provide corporations with substantive legal services from recent UHLC law graduates and current law students at a reasonable cost.  Recent graduates and current students gain a comprehensive, practical foundation of corporate law and practice while helping corporations achieve business goals, increase profits, manage risks, and reduce costs.

Below are highlights of each program:

Corporate Fellowship Program (CFP)

Program Description

The Corporate Fellowship Program is specifically designed to offer your organization the flexibility to create a fellowship program that meets your unique needs:

  • CFP Fellows provide essential services and create substantive work product for in-house corporate legal departments, including research, drafting, analysis, legal and business strategy, discovery, transactional documents, project management, etc.;
  • CFP Fellows work full-time (minimum of 40 hours/week), from mid-August for 12 months following the year of their graduation; and
  • CFP Employers provide a yearly commitment of at least $60,000 ($28.50/hour).

 

Participation

Employers may identify CFP Fellows before or after graduation. UHLC offers three convenient ways to identify CFP Fellows:

  • Job postings and resume collections;
  • On campus interviews/employer-site interviews; or
  • Video conference interviews.

 

Corporate Internship Program (CIP)

Program Description

The Corporate Internship Program is specifically designed to offer your organization the flexibility to create an internship that meets your unique needs:

  • Current JD students (CIP Interns) are assigned substantive projects, including research, drafting, analysis, case strategy, discovery, transactional documents, project management, etc.;
  • CIP Interns work for the employer’s in-house legal department full-time (minimum of 40 hours/week) during the summer; and
  • CIP Employers provide a weekly commitment of at least $600 (full-time).

 

Participation

The application process for the CIP follows a specific registration process and timeline:

Date

Activity

Details

Mid-December

Application for students opens

The students will prepare a resume and cover letter which will be general (i.e. not tailored to a particular company).

Late-January

Application for students closes

 

Late-January

Registration form from interested companies due

The company will fill out a registration form with basic information about the summer internship opportunity.

Early-February

Resume books created and distributed to companies

Create resume book based on employer’s specific needs as well as resume book with all candidates.

Early-February to Late-February

Companies conduct interviews

Companies will conduct on-site interviews with candidates of their choice. Companies must conduct at least 3 on-site interviews.

Early March

Recommended date for companies to make decisions

The companies are invited to be in direct contact with the students regarding any offers. Companies will report offers and acceptances to UHLC.

The UHLC Advantage

UHLC is on the cutting edge when it comes to educating law students about the in-house practice of law. Our business law focused students have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skillset through a combination of innovative class instruction as well as real-world clinical experience. The CFP and CIP demonstrate UHLC’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its already rich business law curriculum with hands-on learning experiences for our students and graduates.

Employers interested in participating in the CFP/CIP should contact:

Kourtney James, Director of Employer Relations and Development
Career Development Office, University of Houston Law Center
713.743.5622/kljames3@central.uh.edu