Legal Summer Institute
Google Legal Summer Institute
The Google Legal Summer Institute (LSI) is a unique experience where underrepresented 2L law school students are invited to spend the first week of their 2L summer at Google’s headquarters immersed in legal knowledge sessions followed by a full summer associateship with one of LSI’s partner law firms. LSI aims to improve access to in-house careers at tech companies by expanding opportunities and removing barriers for underrepresented talent in the legal industry.
LSI scholars are a diverse group of students with interests across all legal practice areas. We consider full-time and part-time 2L students who are attending school in the US. Students who identify with a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology industry are especially encouraged to apply: Black+, Latinx, Native American, LGBTQ+, students with disabilities and veterans.
LSI measures success through four objectives:
- Providing scholars with summer associateships at prestigious law firms
- Providing early exposure to in-house careers at Google for students underrepresented in the legal field
- Sharing information across the corporate sector regarding best practices to develop a legal internship program that prioritizes underrepresented talent
- Improving diversity within law firms, especially Google’s outside counsel
LSI scholars will participate in Google’s learning and development culture through a week of dynamic and skill-based learning opportunities to enhance their legal skillset.
Law firm participation
LSI is a paid opportunity and we request that all participating partner firms pay LSI scholars the same weekly rate as their other summer associates for the week at Google and the full summer program with the participating law firm.
There are no specific requirements regarding scholars’ law firm work assignments, however we recommend that assignments provide a good balance of quality and quantity and contain substance and variety.
Office placement location will be at the discretion of the law firm and the student.
The program enables LSI scholars to develop their networking skills by connecting with and investing in a mentor. A Google mentor is an unbiased resource, untied to the scholar’s work, who will aid in the scholar’s development by expanding their Googler network, providing legal career advice, sharing insight into outside counsel firms and building an authentic relationship.
The LSI team facilitates candid conversations with top legal leaders throughout their week at Google. Past speakers include Halimah DeLaine Prado, Google General Counsel, Kent Walker, Google Chief Legal Officer, and David Drummond, former Alphabet Chief Legal Officer.
Community and diversity
LSI scholars and Google Legal Team members are able to pursue interests and participate in the company’s inclusive culture, in which everyone is a hands-on contributor and encouraged to share ideas and opinions. Scholars, who represent a diverse set of backgrounds and have an array of unique skills, are encouraged to engage with and learn from Googlers through workshops and social events throughout the week at Google.
To apply, students must:
- Have US work authorization
- Be a 2L full-time or 2L part-time student
- Attend an ABA-approved law school
- Demonstrate academic excellence
- Provide undergraduate transcripts
- Provide law school transcripts
- Provide resume
- Complete one essay question: The Google Legal Summer Institute Program is an opportunity to (i) learn about in-house counsel roles at Google, (ii) explore cutting edge issues at the intersection of tech and the law and (iii) provide access to a summer associateship in tech-related private practice. In 500 words or less, please tell us how this program will help you achieve your legal career goals. Please incorporate examples showcasing your leadership, impact, and commitment to diversity and equity in your response.
- Submit one short video: In two minutes or less, show us why you will be a good fit for LSI. Feel free to get creative. Smartphone recordings are welcome!
- Share your practice area preference with us.
Students who identify with a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology industry, including but not limited to Black+, Latinx, and Native American students, students with disabilities, LGBTQ+ students, and veterans are especially encouraged to apply.
Dates and locations
2022 Program Dates (subject to change):
- August 1, 2021: Application opens
- August 25, 2021: Application closes
- September 2021 - October 2021: Round 1 applicants selected and law firm interviews conducted
- October 2021 - November 2021: LSI Scholars are selected
- May 23-27, 2022: LSI Week at Google
- May 2022: Summer associateships begin
- LSI begins with a week at Google’s Headquarters in Mountain View, CA. After that, scholars will carry out their summer associateships with their law firms located throughout the US. NOTE: LSI is not an in-house internship with Google.
Google Legal Summer Institute FAQs
Q: Can I apply if I am outside the US?
A: The Google Legal Summer Institute is only accepting 2L Law Students who are already authorized to work in the US during summer 2022 and after graduation from law school.
For students who require visa sponsorship, the Google Legal Summer Institute does not offer visa sponsorships so we are unable to move forward with your application.
Q: What is a 2L student?
A: A 2L law student is a student in their second year of law school. We consider full and part-time students who are graduating in Spring 2023.
Q: What if I attend a non-ABA law school?
A: If you do not attend an ABA-approved law school, you do not qualify for this program. The law firms that we partner with for the summer associateships also hold this requirement. To check if your school is ABA-approved, visit www.americanbar.org.
Q: What if I have a 2022 summer associateship already lined up?
A: This program is for students who will be matched with our partnering law firms through our application process. If you already have a summer associateship lined up, we are unable to move forward with your application.
Q: Can I update my application after I’ve submitted it?
A: Yes, you can update your application anytime before the deadline, August 25 @ 11:59pm PT.
Q: Where can I find a list of the law firms LSI is partnering with?
A: We are unable to share a list of our partner law firms due to Google confidentiality.
Q: What can I expect from my summer associateship experience if I am an LSI Scholar?
A: We expect our partner firms to provide LSI scholars the same experience as other summer associates they’ve hired, with the possibility of a job offer at the end of the summer. Our partner law firms will evaluate their LSI scholar on their performance alongside all other summer associates and offer them a position upon graduation should they have performed well.
Q: I submitted my application; when should I expect to hear back?
A: You should expect to hear back in October. For the full timeline of the LSI Program, please refer to our website: buildyourfuture.withgoogle.com/programs/lsi
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