We offer placements with judicial, governmental, corporate counsel, and other agencies and organizations that serve the public interest. Some externships require background clearances that may take six weeks or longer. For these you need to apply well in advance of the term in which you wish to extern because you cannot begin your externship until you are cleared.
Students are not eligible to apply for an externship until they have submitted an Externship Pre-Application in Symplicity and met with an OCP adviser to discuss their externship preferences.
For every externship, a student must commit to work a certain number of hours and participate in the Externship Seminar. The number of credits you may receive depends on the semester and the externship placement. During the fall and spring semester, a student must commit to work 16 hours a week to receive 4 credits or 24 hours a week to receive 6 credits. In the summer, a student must commit 24 hours a week to receive 3 credits or 40 hours a week to receive 5 credits.
Students may work for a federal district court judge or magistrate, a federal appellate court judge, or a state appellate court judge. Externs are integrated into the work of the chambers: writing bench memos, drafting opinions, researching issues during trials, observing settlement conference and mediations. Students also have the opportunity to observe proceedings in the courthouse which may include trials, sentencing hearings or oral arguments.
Applications for judicial externships open on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. The preferred application deadline is Friday, February 28, 2014. Any remaining externships after that date will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The following judges' chambers are accepting applications for the Summer 2014 term:
Government, Public Interest & Corporate Counsel
These externships provide opportunities in numerous subject areas, includin civil, criminal, education, health, immigration, labor/employment, and tax. In one of these externships, a student may have the opportunity to delve into substantive areas of law, investigate claims, research and write motions or briefs, draft contracts, and participate in hearings, observe trials, hearings and settlement conferences and negotiations.
Applications for these externships open on Monday, March 3, 2014, and close on Monday, March 31, 2014. The following sites are accepting externs for the Summer 2014 term:
Students may also pursue opportunities outside of the pre-arranged externship placements. Once a student secures an offer from a qualifying organization, that student may submit an application to receive academic credit for the placement through the College of Law's Independent Externship program. For complete information, please review carefully the College of Law's Independent Externship Policy .