Fact Sheet for Those Seeking Student Externs or Judicial Externs

Externships and judicial externships are great opportunities for law students to learn by working. The School of Law is very grateful for the wonderful array of opportunities and experience that our externship and judicial externship hosts provide. In return, our hosts benefit from the students' energy and assistance.

Because the law students receive three or more credits for working in not-for-profit and governmental offices, there are curricular, substantive and administrative requirements for the law school, placement hosts and students. Each externship or judicial externship is an ongoing class that is established in conjunction with a faculty supervisor and a site supervisor.

The American Bar Association accreditation rules for law schools and the faculty of the law school require the following:

An externship must “provide substantial lawyering experience that is (1) reasonably similar to the experience of a lawyer advising or representing a client engaging in other lawyers tasks…” (ABA Standard304(c)).  It must also include the opportunity for performance and feedback, self- evaluation and “(v) a classroom instructional component, regularly scheduled tutorials, or other means of ongoing, contemporaneous, faculty-guided reflection;” (Id.)

Law school externships and judicial externships are available only at pre-approved placements, including, but not limited to non-profit legal offices and governmental law offices.