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Externship Program

The Basics

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.

Contact Us

Director:

Amanda Rivas

arivas@stmarytx.edu
210-431-5712

Faculty Supervisor:

Karen Kelley

kkelley2@stmarytx.edu
210-431-5708

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.  

Curriculum

During the Externship semester, in addition to the work at their sites, students will complete approximately 15-20 hours of curriculum.

This includes:

  • Orientation
  • Goals Conference to finalize Learning Plan
  • Reflective Assignments
  • Timesheets
  • 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.
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VETTING AND APPROVAL PROCESS

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EXAMPLES OF EXTERNSHIP WORK SITES

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SUPERVISING ATTORNEY ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Frequently Asked Questions

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DO I HAVE TO FIND MY EXTERNSHIP SITE MYSELF?

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DO I NEED TO HAVE MY EXTERNSHIP SITE APPROVED?

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WHERE HAVE EXTERNSHIPS BEEN IN THE PAST?

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DOES THE PLACEMENT HAVE TO BE A NONPROFIT OR GOVERNMENT AGENCY?

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CAN I EARN CREDIT FOR MY WORK AT A PRIVATE FIRM OR WITH A PRIVATE ATTORNEY?

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WHAT IS AN IN-HOUSE COUNSEL EXTERNSHIP?

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CAN I ENROLL IN THE EXTERNSHIP COURSE AS A 1L?

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HOW AND WHEN SHOULD I REGISTER FOR THE EXTERNSHIP COURSE?

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IS IT POSSIBLE TO COMPLETE AN EXTERNSHIP OUTSIDE OF SAN ANTONIO?

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CAN WE GET A LETTER GRADE FOR OUR EXTERNSHIP?

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IS CLASS ATTENDANCE REQUIRED FOR THE EXTERNSHIP? WHEN AND WHERE ARE THE EXTERNSHIP CLASSES?

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MAY I BE PAID FOR MY WORK?

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HOW MANY HOURS MUST I COMPLETE FOR THE COURSE?

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CAN I DO MORE THAN ONE EXTERNSHIP?

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CAN I COMPLETE MY WRITING REQUIREMENT IN THE EXTERNSHIP?