Higbee & Associates
Internship Program

Intern with a National Law Firm

Copyright Internship

Our Copyrights division provides clients with legal representation in infringement recovery and pre-litigation settlements. 

Human Resources Internship

Experience providing administrative support and get a feel of working in the human resources department of a dynamic law firm.

Immigration Internship

Our immigration interns will have the opportunity to assist on our firm’s active immigration cases.

Restorative Justice Advocacy Internship

Have the opportunity to assist on our firm’s active criminal defense and post conviction relief cases.

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Copyright Internship

Overview:

The Higbee and Associates Copyrights division provides clients with legal representation in infringement recovery and pre-litigation settlements. Copyright interns assist in handling cases prior to the commencement of litigation. This is an unpaid position that will provide a valuable opportunity for the student interested in a career in law to work with a fast paced national law firm. Casual work environment and schedule can be flexible.

Program Description:

Intern duties will include screening new cases for missing data, investigating potential cases to see if pursuable, case data research, corresponding with clients, and corresponding with opposing parties including opposing counsel. Additionally, Interns will have the opportunity to help with administrative duties that come up on a day-to-day basis. By the end of this internship students will have learned a handful of legal skills such as researching legal issues, corresponding with clients, corresponding with opposing parties, negotiating settlements, litigation procedures, and pre-trial investigation.

Qualifications:

We are seeking dedicated individuals who have an interest in gaining legal experience with copyright infringement. Must be detail-oriented and have the ability to work independently. Consistency, reliability, and professionalism with clients are a must. Organization skills, proficiency with Mac OSX/Microsoft Office, and communication skills are a plus. Previous legal experience is preferred but not required.

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Human Resources Internship

Overview:

Our Human Resources interns will have the opportunity to provide administrative support and get a feel of working in the human resources department of a dynamic law firm. Interns will work closely with the HR team in recruiting efforts, event planning, and employee file maintenance.

Program Description:

Human Resources interns will gain HR generalist skills through filing, tracking, and reporting. They will understand and assist with recruiting efforts by preparing on-boarding packets, sitting in on interviews, attending university career fairs, and assisting with the integration of new employees in our office. Interns will assist our HR team with maintaining and tracking employee files with sensitivity and confidentiality. By the end of their internship, students will have learned and developed a handful of HR skills such as interpersonal, organizational, recruiting and event planning skills.

Qualifications:

  • Excellent communications skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Business Solutions
  • Ability to work under tight time constraints
  • Excellent researching skills
  • Excellent time and project management skills and ability to maintain organization of a large amount of data and records
  • Must have excellent attention to detail
  • Mastery of the English language, both written and spoken
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Immigration Internship

Overview:

Our immigration interns will have the opportunity to assist on our firm’s active immigration cases. Interns will assist attorneys with these cases and will have the opportunity to gain day-to-day experience with working in the legal field. This program is seventeen weeks in length and requires a commitment of approximately ten hours per week.

Program Description:

Immigration interns will assist office staff and attorneys with client correspondence all over the world in Spanish and English, carry active caseloads under the supervision of the immigration attorney, prepare filings to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, work closely with the immigration attorney to prepare and file cases with the Immigration Court for clients who are in removal proceedings, and coordinate all aspects of a client’s case, including client communication. Interns will also conduct relevant research, assist in translations, draft personal statements, prepare immigration forms, write memos and briefs, draft court motions and orders, advocacy with law enforcement and other agencies, and compile evidence for USCIS and court. By the end of this internship students will have learned a handful of legal skills such as legal research, immigration court procedures, client and court correspondence, experience in reviewing several types of court documents and hearing procedures.

Qualifications:

We are seeking dedicated individuals who have an interest in gaining legal experience at a practicing law office. Bilingual in Spanish and English (speaking, oral comprehension, reading and writing) is preferred, but not required. Applicants who speak other languages, in addition to Spanish, are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be detail-oriented, well-organized and responsible.

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Restorative Justice Advocacy Internship

Overview:

Our criminal defense interns will have the opportunity to assist on our firm’s active criminal defense and post conviction relief cases. They will assist case managers, as well as attorneys, with these cases in all of our firm’s 17 states and have the opportunity to gain day-to-day experience with working in the legal field. This program is seventeen weeks in length and requires a commitment of approximately ten hours per week.

Program Description:

Criminal Defense interns will assist case managers and attorneys in conducting case research, correspond with clients and courts, electronically file documents, review court files, and other miscellaneous legal tasks related to criminal defense and post conviction relief. By the end of this internship students will have learned a handful of legal skills such as legal research, expungement and record sealing court procedures, client and court correspondence, experience in reviewing several types of court documents and hearing procedures.

Qualifications:

We are seeking dedicated individuals who have an interest in gaining legal experience at a practicing law office. Consistency, reliability, and professionalism are all required, as well as attention to detail, self-motivation, and organization skills. Previous experience is preferred but not required. Previous experience working on a Mac computer is a plus but not required.

About Company

Internship Program Overview

The Law Firm of Higbee & Associates internship program gives students and those seeking to gain legal work experience the opportunity to work hands-on in a dynamic law firm with many practice areas. The internship program has five distinct tracks: four tracks focusing on different areas of law, as well as one for human resources. We offer internships in both our Santa Ana and our Las Vegas offices, as well as remote opportunities. Hundreds of our interns have gone on to become full-time employees since the program was established in 2010. The internship program helps students apply classroom learning to practical real-life legal problems. Interning at Higbee & Associates will help students develop a network of professional relationships and contacts while exploring a potential career choice.

 

Higbee & Associates handles a wide range of legal services including immigration, criminal law, copyright law, and civil litigation.  The law firm was founded in 2006 by Mathew Higbee, and has offices in 18 states. Its rapid growth has been driven by cutting-edge marketing techniques, high volume services, and low prices, which are achieved by both the efficient use of resources and technology as well as the hard work of dedicated employees who enjoy a casual and fast-paced work environment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Have more questions?

If your question has not been answered please contact our intern coordinator, Brooke Boswell, using the form below.

How do I apply for an internship?

Please submit a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for a specific internship position and a resume here.

Do I need letters of reference?
Letters of reference are not required, but they are welcome.
Is this a paid internship?
No, this is an unpaid internship.
Can I receive academic credit for this internship?
That will depend on your school or university. Many of our interns are receiving academic credit.
What are the deadlines for the application process?
There is no deadline for internship applications. Higbee & Associates is always accepting applications.
When does recruiting start for Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer internships?
Recruiting for Fall is advertised mid-July, Winter internships are advertised in November, Spring internship recruiting begins in February and Summer internships are advertised in mid-April.
How many interns are accepted per quarter?
Approximately 25-35.
Will I be evaluated on my performance?
Yes, the intern supervisor and the case manager will evaluate all interns, both at halfway and at the end of their internship.
Can international students intern?
Yes.
What type of interns do Higbee & Associates look for?
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Enthusiasm for a learning environment
  • Ability to work in a team setting
  • Passionate about the legal industry
  • What type of training will I receive?
    Every intern will be required to attend orientation. The orientation will cover basic training, and after orientation is completed interns will then get one on one training with their case manager or supervisor.
    Can I intern at one of Higbee & Associates in another state?
    No, we only have internship opportunities in our headquarters which is in Santa Ana, CA.
    Will there be employment opportunities after I complete my internship with Higbee & Associates?

    Participating in the intern program does not guarantee employment; nor is it a pre-condition for employment. However, Higbee & Associates has hired hundreds of interns since the program was established in 2010. Interns are notified when jobs become available. Outstanding interns are encouraged to apply.

    Read About My Internship At
    Higbee & Associates!

    Issue, rule, analysis, conclusion; this is method by which law students are taught to analyze a set of operative facts on a typical law school exam. The facts are just your run-of-the-mill legal scenarios on a piece of paper that would effectively gauge our knowledge of the law. As a 3L law student, I had become quite adept at this process.

    However, something changed when I applied to intern as an immigration law clerk at Higbee and Associates. The facts that I was taught to analyze became something more special. The lives of clients; their struggle to attain the American dream gave the files I read daily, a heart, a soul, something living and breathing that I began to not just analyze, but to truly fight and advocate for. Leading by example, my supervising attorneys and case managers served as paragons of compassion and enduring work ethic in assisting clients with their concerns and questions. When I write or conduct research I find myself completely immersed in the hopes and aspirations of clients or share in the sorrows of potential separation. I constantly find myself asking my supervising attorneys and case managers about the people whose cases we had worked on, and the progress we had made.

    Ultimately, the experience with the human element and the leadership of my immigration attorneys and case managers at Higbee and Associates has left me with an indelible imprint about what it means to practice law, what it means to truly be invested in others, what it truly means to be an advocate and not just an issue, rule, analysis, and conclusion…

    Matthew Raposas

    Whittier Law Student

    I started working at Higbee because I was considering Law School but wasn’t sure if I liked it enough to spend the money and the time. Although I can’t say that I am planning on going to law school at this point, I do know that I would like to have some type of career involving law, thanks to my experience at Higbee.

    During the six months I have been here thus far, I feel that I have learned a ton about the expungement process and even about the legal process in general. As an intern, I have spent a lot of time making calls to courts, judicial assistants, and state attorney’s offices. Although this was intimidating at first, it has really taught me a lot about the legal system as a whole. Each person you talk to can teach you something new, and in my experience they usually do.

    Everyone in the office is very friendly and helpful, especially my case manager, Melanie! She gives me guidance but not so much that it is overbearing, and I am sure the other case managers do the same. One of the best things about the internship is that the longer you stay, the more you learn. I am currently here for my second quarter and I hope to stay for a third because I know that I will continue gaining experience that I didn’t have before. In my opinion, this is the most important, and often most rare quality that a good internship should have and Higbee definitely does!

    AND, they have dogs– automatically the best law firm to work for!

    Katie Feldman

    Criminal Defense Intern

    Questions? Let us know!