Job Postings


Posted on 1/27/2023

Job Description

The executive director of the Virginia State Bar (VSB), the agency responsible for the professional regulation of Virginia’s 50,000+ lawyers, seeks to fill an unpaid research internship for summer 2023. The position will provide the successful candidate an opportunity to work with senior management at an organization with 95 employees and a chance to interact with judges, lawyers, and other professional staff throughout the Commonwealth. The position is required to work in the office, located in downtown Richmond, Virginia. The successful candidates must be reliable and responsible and will assist the executive director by:

  • Researching relevant constitutional legal authority pertaining to unified bar organizations
  • Researching federal bankruptcy law relevant to cost obligations imposed on lawyers by bar organizations
  • Researching and recommending policies relevant to the Virginia Freedom Information Act
  • Reviewing and recommending workplace policies
  • Participating in review/approval of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education courses
  • Preparing legal memoranda 
  • Copyediting and cite checking executive director and deputy executive director written materials
  • Assisting with the implementation of a new case management and membership database software

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior paralegal experience or legal internship experience in criminal, civil, or administrative agency law settings
  • Participation and service on Law Review or other law journal
  • Proficiency in online legal research (experience using Westlaw/Lexis)
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Superior communication skills
  • The ability to work with little supervision


Applicants must be an actively enrolled 2L student from any ABA accredited law school, with preference for Virginia law school students or those intending to take the Virginia bar exam.  The successful candidate must pass a criminal background check. 

Pay and other Benefits

This is an unpaid internship. (An externship for academic credit will also be considered.)

Application Instructions

To apply, please mail a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to the following address:
           Director of Human Resources
           Virginia State Bar
           1111 E. Main Street, Suite 700
           Richmond, VA 23219

Alternatively, you may email your application materials to

Additional Job Details

  • Position Type: Full-Time (a minimum of 35 hours per week)
  • Desired Class Level(s): 2L student
  • Location(s): Richmond, Virginia

Application Process

Application Deadline: April 1, 2023
Decisions are expected by mid-April 2023.