Each year, several Law students complete a summer internship in Philadelphia, in conjunction with the Brehon Law Society of Philadelphia. 2019 was the sixth year we offered this unique opportunity. Final year LL.B. student Coleen Wegmann filled us in on some of the highlights of this summer's trip. Check out more photos from the trip here!
During the first week, the interns needed the time to get to know each other and to become acquainted with the city of Philadelphia. After we met Judge Jimmy Lynn for the first time in his office in the Family Court, he took us out for lunch at the Tir na nOg Irish Bar and filled us in on his work and his life in Philadelphia.
The first week was pretty short in terms of actual court work - it was the week of the Fourth of July, which meant that everyone left the city to travel to the shore for the long weekend. I went with three other interns, Asma, Catarina and Tom, to the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert in front of the Art Museum. We spent the evening watching Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor perform as well as enjoying the fireworks!
Weeks Two & Three
At the beginning of week two, Judge Jimmy Lynn divided us up into our areas of preference. I chose to practice in civil law in City Hall, so over the next two weeks, I worked on interesting civil law cases with Judge Cunningham and Judge Foglietta. Both judges really helped to integrate me into the working environment of an American court setting. During this time, I learned a lot about American court procedure and evidential and documentary issues that may arise during a civil trial.
In the last week, we did a lot of exciting activities like a ride with the Philadelphia highway patrol, a boat ride with the Marine Police and even a helicopter tour, which was a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Highlights of the Trip
This internship was a great opportunity to learn about different areas of law in the US. It allowed us to get an insight into how trials are dealt with by judges and lawyers behind the scenes. Moreover, the internship served as a great platform to make long term connections with lawyers, judges, and American interns. Furthermore, spending these four weeks with other students from my own college is a lot of fun and helped me to make new friends for life.
Apart from the actual internship, the city of Philadelphia has a lot to offer and there is much to do in your spare time. I participated in several Irish trad sessions in Irish pubs such as Fergie's, the Plough and the Stars and Moriarty's. This gave me the chance to get to know other musicians of Irish heritage.
All in all, this internship was a great experience and I can't think of a better way to have spent my summer!