January 27, 2021

ABA-Microsoft Summer Internship

2021 Microsoft Legal Internship for a Law Student with a Disability

Microsoft's Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs department will continue to host a summer legal internship program for first year law students in 2021. The American Bar Association's (ABA) Commission on Disability Rights is pleased to partner with Microsoft to share this opportunity and invite interested first-year law students living with a disability to apply through the Commission.


The legal intern will work within Microsoft's Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs department for at least 8, and up to 12, weeks during the summer. The intern will have a broad range of responsibilities across the department, which may include researching legal issues impacting business strategy, drafting transactional documents, attending client meetings and product reviews, and collaborating with internal teams on cross-group projects. This program will provide the opportunity to work on challenging legal issues with meaningful business and customer impact, collaborate with dynamic teams to develop solutions, and help provide counsel to the cutting edge of the world's most dynamic industry.


In response to COVID-19, similar to last year, Microsoft’s 2021 summer legal internships will be a virtual experience to protect the health and safety of the company’s employees, , and their families.  Interns will not be required to relocate from their regular US residence for the program.

As Microsoft gears up for virtual intern programs in 2021, the company is reflecting on what we’ve learned over the last ten month of substantial virtual work, and expects that the program will continue to offer a robust experience full of learning and collaboration. 


Microsoft offers intern benefits designed to make your experience the best it can be. As an intern you will receive competitive pay ($8,800/month), relocation benefits, and numerous other perks including networking and social events with current in-house lawyers and fellow interns; speaker series with leaders in the tech industry; mentorship; and impactful projects!


Applicants must:

  • be first -year law students in good standing for the degree of J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school;
  • be (or become) a member of the American Bar Association;
  • and be a law student living with a disability

 Applicants must also have:

  • excellent analytical ability and legal drafting skills;
  • excellent oral and written communications skills and the ability to communicate effectively across a large number of diverse internal groups, teams, and divisions;
  • a demonstrated ability to work efficiently, meet deadlines, and manage multi-dimensional projects in a fast-paced environment;
  • and the ability to research and learn new concepts and legal issues quickly to facilitate problem-solving.


To apply, submit these two documents by e-mail to Amy Allbright, Director, ABA Commission on Disability Rights, at amy.allbright@americanbar.org:

  1. A one-page cover letter.
    1. In your cover letter, please include a statement confirming that you satisfy the qualifications listed above. 
    2. Please also describe your career goals and interest in the internship.
  2. Your resume.

All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 15, 2021. Applicants will be notified by March 8, 2021 if they are selected for an interview for this internship. 

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.  We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.