Legal Summer Institute

Google Legal Summer Institute

  • Overview

    Overview

    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.

    Objectives

    LSI measures success through four objectives:

    1. Providing scholars with summer associateships at prestigious law firms
    2. Providing early exposure to in-house careers at Google for students underrepresented in the legal field
    3. Sharing information across the corporate sector regarding best practices to develop a legal internship program that prioritizes underrepresented talent
    4. 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.

    Mentorship

    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.

    Exposure

    The LSI team facilitates candid conversations with top legal leaders throughout their week at Google. Past speakers include Halimah DeLaine Prado, Google General Counsel, and Kent Walker, Google 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.

    Informational Webinars

    We invite the Class of 2024 rising 2L and 3E students who are attending law school in the US to join us for an information session to learn about the LSI program, hear from our Scholars, meet Google attorneys and participate in a Q&A. Please complete the form and we will follow up with the meeting link the week before the session.

    Please sign up for only one session:

    Questions? Please email us at lsiplanning@google.com.

  • Eligibility

    Eligibility

    Note regarding final transcripts and application deadline: We recognize final grades and transcripts may not be available before the application deadline. Please apply to the program with the grades you currently have available and then upload your updated transcripts to your Google Drive Folder when they do become available.

    To apply, students must:

    • Have US work authorization
    • Be a 2L full-time or 3E part-time student, Class of 2024
    • Attend an ABA-approved law school
    • Demonstrate academic excellence
      • Provide undergraduate transcripts
      • Provide law school transcripts
      • Provide resume
    • Complete two essay questions:
      • 1: The Google Legal Summer Institute Program is an opportunity to (i) learn about the in-house counsel role 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.
      • 2: LSI scholars make up the next generation of legal leaders. In 500 words or less, please showcase any examples of your leadership experience, community impact, or commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
    • 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

    Dates

    2023 Program Dates (subject to change):

    • April 11, 2022: Application opens
    • May 23, 2022: Application closes
    • July 2022 - August 2022: Law firms begin and complete interviews
    • August 2022 - September 2022: LSI Scholars are selected
    • May 22-26, 2023: LSI Week at Google
    • May 2023: Law firm summer associateships begin
    • July or August 2023: Law firm summer associateships end

    Locations

    • 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. This program is based in the US for students at ABA-approved law schools. Additional programs for Europe/ Middle East/ Africa and Latin America/ Canada are coming soon and will be available via a separate application.
  • FAQ

    Google Legal Summer Institute FAQs

    Q: Can I apply if I am outside the US?

    A: The Google Legal Summer Institute US program is only accepting 2L Law Students who are attending an ABA approved law school. Additional programs for Europe/ Middle East/ Africa and Latin America/ Canada are coming soon and will be available via a separate application.

    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 2024.

    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 2023 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, May 23, 2022 @ 11:59pm PT.

    Q: Can I submit my Spring 2022 grades after the application closes?

    A: Yes! We recognize final grades and transcripts may not be available before the application deadline. Please apply to the program with the grades you currently have available and then upload your updated transcripts to your Google Drive Folder when they do become available.

    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 September. For the full timeline of the LSI Program, please refer to our website: buildyourfuture.withgoogle.com/programs/lsi

    Q: How can I request that my application materials are deleted after the review period?

    A: We will delete your materials after the review period (September 2022), but if you would prefer an earlier date please contact us at lsiplanning@google.com.

    If your question was not answered above, please reach out to lsiplanning@google.com.