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Summer Law Interns
Law students work as summer interns for Sinker, Swimmer, Wade, Flotsam, and Jetsam.
July 5, 2004
From the introduction, three men (David, Ian, Kevin) and two women (Laurie, Michelle) are working as interns for each of the partners in the law offices of Sinker, Swimmer, Wade, Flotsam, and Jetsam. By clue 5, Mr. Cochran is working one floor below where another intern works for partner Swimmer, while the latter works one floor below the intern employed in tax law. Michelle works two floors below the property law offices (clue 1). Combining clues 1 and 5, then, there are four possible arrangements: (1) the property law office is on the 5th floor and Michelle works in tax law; (2) the property law office is one floor above the tax law spaces and Michelle works for Swimmer; (3) Swimmer is the property law expert and Michelle works one floor below Mr. Cochran; and (4) Mr. Cochran is in the 3rd floor property law offices and Michelle works on the 1st floor. Trying (1), by clues 5 and 1, property law would occupy the 5th floor, Michelle would work in tax law on the 3rd floor, partner Swimmer's spaces would be on the 2nd floor, and Mr. Cochran would work on the 1st. By clue 8, Laurie would have to be on the 4th floor, and Swimmer would be the patent law expert--no (2). So, arrangement (1) does not work. Trying (2), by clues 5 and 1, property law would be one floor above tax law, which would be one floor above Swimmer's offices where Michelle would be working, which would be one floor above where Mr. Cochran would work. By clues 8 and 2, Laurie would be in tax law for the summer, with patent law then Mr. Cochran's summer work. Since Ian isn't working in the property law offices (9), by clue 3, Ian would be on the 1st floor and Mr. Cochran would be in partner Flotsam's employ. Laurie would work for Jetsam, and law student Reno would be in property law (7). Laurie would be Ms. Ashcroft, and Michelle would be working in criminal law (10). By elimination, Ian would be in civil law. However, by clue 9), Ian would be Bailey--who isn't working in civil law (4). So, possibility (2) fails. Trying (4), by clues 5 and 1, Michelle would be working on the 1st floor, Mr. Cochran would be in the property law offices on the 3rd floor, Swimmer's offices would be on the 4th floor, and the tax law spaces would be on the 5th. By clue 10, Ms. Ashcroft would be Laurie and work on the 5th floor (8). However, the patent law offices would then be on the 3rd floor with the property law offices (8). So, trial (4) fails. Arrangement (3) puts Michelle working one floor below Mr. Cochran, who works one floor below property law specialist Swimmer, whose offices are one floor below those of the tax law expert. By clue 8, Laurie either works in tax law or works for Swimmer. If Laurie were working in tax law and Mr. Cochran then in patent law, Michelle would be Ms. Ashcroft and the criminal law offices would be on the 1st floor (10). By clue 7, intern Reno would be with Swimmer and Mr. Cochran with Jetsam. By clues 3 and 9, Ian would work in criminal law on the 1st floor, and Michelle would work for partner Flotsam. Ian would be Bailey (9) and Laurie Ginsburg. Ian Bailey would work in criminal law for Sinker (11)--no (4). So, Laurie doesn't work in tax law and works for Swimmer. By clue 8, Michelle works in the patent law offices. By clue 3, Ian either works on the 1st floor below Michelle for Flotsam on the 2nd or works in tax law. If Ian were in the 1st floor offices and partner Flotsam in the 2nd, Ian couldn't be Reno (7); nor is Ian Ginsburg (9) or Ashcroft (10). Ian would be Bailey and in criminal law (4), with Michelle then Ms. Ashcroft (10). Laurie would be Reno; and Mr. Cochran would work for Jetsam (7), while Ginsburg would be working in tax law. However, Ian Bailey would be working in criminal law for partner Wade (4)--no (11) So, Ian is interning in the tax law offices on the 4th floor, with partner Flotsam's spaces on the 5th floor (3). By clue 10, Laurie is Ms. Ashcroft; and Mr. Cochran is working in criminal law. By elimination, Flotsam's specialty is civil law--with David interning for Flotsam and Kevin in criminal law (6). By clue 7, Jetsam is Ian's summer boss; and David is Reno. Ian is Bailey and Michelle Ginsburg (9). Michelle is with partner Wade and Kevin with Sinker (11). In sum, the five legal interns are working as follows:

  • 1st - Michelle Ginsburg in patent law for Wade
  • 2nd - Kevin Cochran in criminal law for Sinker
  • 3rd - Laurie Ashcroft in property law for Swimmer
  • 4th - Ian Bailey in tax law for Jetsam
  • 5th - David Reno in civil law for Flotsam

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