(Image via Getty) I’m a fan of education. Anything that makes people smarter and creates opportunities. Who doesn’t want to get behind an initiative that generally contributes to the good of the legal community? Through my affiliation with the University of Florida Levin College of Law and their eDiscovery program run by Professor William “Bill” Hamilton, I recently learned about a program that is creating new career paths for law school graduates. It’s a path that does not involve the typical grind of working at a law firm.

UF Law’s eDiscovery Program is of course well-known for providing law students hands-on knowledge of eDiscovery through its Distinguished Speaker Series and its annual eDiscovery conference. And on March 19, 2020, UF Law will host its eighth annual eDiscovery conference, an event not bogged down in vendor sponsorship or prohibitive costs. Just education — all day. In-person or streamed live online. And it’s free to students (full disclosure: I’m on the conference planning committee).

UF Law has now partnered with international eDiscovery company Consilio to offer graduates unique opportunities to learn the business of eDiscovery and practice law. This is nothing new for UF Law. Every year, before the eDiscovery conference, the law school hosts eDiscovery CareerFest, during which alternative career paths for law school graduates are explored through presentations by companies in the legal service and technology industry.

I spoke last week with several of the people who put this new internship program together, and below is the distillation of these conversations.

The program is referred to as the Consilio Summer Internship Program. It functions in the same way as law firm summer associate programs. Consilio came to the UF Law campus to recruit, just as law firms do, and they interviewed students for the program.

It used to be that law students “summered” at a firm, accepted an offer, and later joined as an associate. In six or seven years, they had an inkling as to whether they were in line for partner. That career path now is more elusive. Now students can intern at Consilio, learn the eDiscovery business, and decide whether it’s […]

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