Corporate Legal Department Externships

The Law School permits students with an interest in corporate and business law to obtain academic credit (one to seven credits) for work at in-house legal departments.  These externships can provide a student with invaluable experience and an opportunity to see first-hand the type of legal work companies keep "in house" and what sort of legal work is typically handled by the company's outside counsel.  Students interested in obtaining such an externship should contact Jane Heymann at jane.heymann@wisc.edu for more information.  Set forth below is a list of several Madison-area companies that have hosted law student externs in the past few years and are seeking externs for the spring 2018 term.


North Central Group

The General Counsel's office of North Central Group, which owns, operates and develops hotels, has an office in Middleton and is willing to host a law student who has completed Business Organizations I and Real Estate Transactions I. Interested students should send a resume, letter of interest and unofficial transcript to Catherine M Gillman, Vice President and General Counsel, at cgillman@ncghotels.com as soon as possible.  

If you are offered this externship opportunity, please contact Jane Heymann at jane.heymann@wisc.edu, so that she can give you permission to enroll in the Corporate Legal Department Externship course. 

Bronfman E.L. Rothschild

Bronfman E.L. Rothschild (BELR), a registered investment adviser with an affiliated broker-dealer, is interested in hosting a law student in an externship-for-credit arrangement.  The student would register for two credits and work about 7.5 hours a week at the company's office in Madison. The law student would assist the General Counsel and compliance department with respect to the application of new and proposed laws and regulations, ongoing compliance duties in the areas of email reviews and securities trade confirmations, and other legal and compliance matters. The level of interaction with the General Counsel and compliance staff would be extensive, and the General Counsel will provide the law student with substantive feedback on all projects. Interested students should email a resume and letter of interest to General Counsel Hoyt Stastney at hoyt.stastney@belr.com as soon as possible. 

QBE North America



The in-house legal department of QBE North America would like to host up to two law student externs in the spring 2018 semester. The externs would experience work from a variety of areas, including insurance regulatory research, contract review, and corporate records research. The legal department handles corporate legal work, insurance regulatory work, employment, compliance, and litigation. The externs would not only get a wide variety of assignments, but also have the opportunity to watch/shadow the workings of the legal department, to interact with all members of the department on a fairly regular basis, and to learn about the corporate world and the insurance business. To apply, please send a resume, a short statement of your interest and your availability to work, and an unofficial transcript to Jennifer J. Vernon, QBE, One General Drive, Sun Prairie, WI 53596 as soon as possible. Interviews of applicants will be conducted.

Promega Corporation

Promega Corporation, a global biotechnology company, is seeking a law student extern for the spring 2018 semester. The extern would be expected to work approximately 10 to 15 hours per week during normal business hours. The extern would review, draft, and negotiate agreements related to the sale and/or licensing of various life sciences and technology-related products and services; review and analyze intellectual property issues; develop and improve the company's legal process, procedures and policies; and assist with various other corporate, compliance and regulatory matters.

The law student would receive significant experience in corporate law and intellectual property law. The law student will receive training and experience in contract drafting, client counseling, and analysis of complex legal issues. This work would be done primarily with supervision from the General Counsel and Associate General Counsel, but the student may also have the opportunity to work on matters with Promega's licensing manager, patent agent, and paralegal within the legal department, and with individuals across numerous business units, which will provide the student with a holistic view of the practice of corporate law and intellectual property law in a global company.

Interested students should submit to Anne Readel at anne.readel@promega.com by November 10 a resume and cover letter that address the following: (a) coursework completed in Contracts, Business Law, and Intellectual Property areas; (b) Legal analytical and research skills; (c) Undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in science; and (d) GPA and class standing. For questions, please contact Anne Readel at anne.readel@promega.com.

WPS Health Solutions


WPS Health Solutions is accepting applications from 2Ls and 3Ls for a spring 2018 externship for credit. Founded in Madison in 1946, WPS Health Solutions is the parent company of WPS Insurance Corporation, a not-for-profit health insurer, Arise Health Plan, a Wisconsin HMO, and Epic Specialty Benefits, a life/dental/vision benefits company. WPS Health Solutions also serves as a contractor for the federal government through its Government Health Administrators division, which administers Medicare in two jurisdictions, and its Military and Veterans Health Division, which administers TRICARE and VA benefits.

WPS's legal department consists of seven full-time attorneys, a HIPAA Compliance Officer, one paralegal, five regulatory/compliance specialists, five contract development specialists (who develop insurance certificates) and two administrative staff.

The legal extern will work most closely with the Senior Associate General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel, and the two Staff Counsel. He/she can expect to interact with these attorneys on a daily basis and receive work assignments from all of them.

It is anticipated that the legal extern will have the opportunity to: 

Review/analyze legal issues and questions submitted by internal departments on topics ranging from contract negotiation and drafting, labor relations/NLRB compliance, employment/HR issues, insurance regulation, government contracting, record retention, compliance with state/federal laws and regulations including the Affordable Care Act, privacy/HIPAA concerns, garnishment and tax levy responses; assist in preparing responses to demand letters, small claims lawsuits, administrative complaints; complete first round of review/revisions to corporate contracts; attend grievance/appeal hearings along with one of the two attorneys who serve as legal advisors to the grievance/appeal committee and research any legal issues that arise; and participate in the Legal Impact Team, which monitors pending/new legislation, case law developments, etc. and assesses their impact on WPS and its operations.



The company is flexible but would prefer a student who could work at least 6 hours a week for at least ten weeks. We have a high volume of work opportunities, so the credit-level would only be limited by student availability. 

Interested students should submit a letter of interest and resume via email to Attorney Amanda Leipold, amanda.leipold@wpsic.com.  If you are offered and decide to accept this externship opportunity, contact Jane Heymann at jheymann@wisc.edu to make arrangements to enroll in the Corporate Legal Department Externship course for the spring 2018 term.

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