The Externship course allows law students (2Ls or 3Ls) to gain practical work experience at a nonprofit, government agency or in-house counsel offices while completing a curriculum that builds key professional development skills. The course provides law students an opportunity to understand the relationship between legal doctrine and practical legal skills.
Student Eligibility Requirements
In order to be eligible for the Externship course, a student must:
- Complete all 1L courses.
- Be in good standing at the law school. (If cumulative GPA is below 2.3, the student must meet with Faculty Supervisor Karen Kelley to discuss enrollment.)
- Not exceed the semester enrollment credit limit or the pass/fail credit limit.
General Course Requirements
Students earn three experiential learning credits (pass/fail) in the course by:
- Completing a minimum of 150 hours of substantial legal work over at least 10 weeks while supervised by a licensed attorney, and
- Completing approximately 15-20 hours of course work.
During the Externship semester, in addition to the work at their sites, students will complete approximately 15-20 hours of curriculum.
- Goals Conference to finalize Learning Plan
- Reflective Assignments
- Class Meetings (2)
- Small Group Meetings (2)
- Midterm and Final Evaluation Feedback Meetings
- Pre- & Post-Semester Assessments
- Evaluation of the Course, Placement, and Supervision
Finding a Placement
- Pre-approved Externship sites are advertised on CORE every semester. Contact the Externship Office to explore pre-approved sites for future semesters.
- Students can obtain a position at a nonprofit, government or in-house counsel office that is not pre-approved, but the supervisor and site must complete the Vetting and Approval Process.