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Free Labor Isn’t Free

The difficult job market has led many recent college and law school graduates to seek unpaid work as interns to gain experience and maybe even a paying job down the line. Law firms and other businesses, also reeling in this economy, are open to bringing on this free labor. In fact, a recent New York Times article quotes Lance Choy, director of the Career Development Center at Stanford University, as seeing “definitive evidence that the number of unpaid internships is mushrooming.”  But, as the article also indicates, federal and state regulators are coming down on employers that exploit free labor.