Fact Sheet for Students

Information for students who want to participate in the Externships & Judicial Externships program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am volunteering at a great not-for-profit or governmental organization, or I worked at that type of office in the past – can I apply to get credit for this work through the externship program?

A:  No.  Credit will not be granted on an ad hoc basis and is not granted for past work.  Externships and judicial externships are classes and students must apply for them as they would for any other class that requires the permission of the instructor during the semester prior to the externship or judicial externship taking place.  For the fall and spring semesters, students may apply for and register only for the externships and judicial externships offered by the program at the law school; for the summer semester only, students may apply for a placement in an externship or judicial externship or may seek approval for a summer externship or judicial externship in a governmental or not-for-profit legal office to which they have applied directly and independently of the externship and judicial externship program.

Q: I am a first-year law student; can I be an extern or judicial extern?

A:  No.  You have to complete at least two semesters of law school to be an extern, and at least four semesters of law school to be a judicial extern.  You can apply for placement in a summer or fall externship while you are a first year student during the spring semester.  In addition, for the summer semester only, where students have been accepted for a summer judicial internship to which they applied directly and independently of the externship and judicial externship program, there is a waiver of the four-semester rule.

Q: I am on a journal and participate on a trial team, or I have a job: can I re-arrange my hours at the externship or judicial externship when my workload for the journal, trial team or job is huge?

A:  No.  Although work schedules can be adjusted for illnesses or other unavoidable unique conflicts, you cannot skip weeks or change your schedule to accommodate a deadline, job or a competition.  If you are participating in activities that put large demands on your time, wait to apply for an externship or judicial externship during a semester when you will be able to stick to a regular schedule.

Q: I love my externship! Can I continue in it next semester?

A:  Students are limited to one externship and one judicial externship during their entire law school careers.  This ensures that all interested students have a chance to participate in the program and that students can fulfill their other academic requirements.  However, in certain instances, a placement may wish to continue with an extern for a second semester.  In such case, the student has a choice of working on a voluntary basis without receiving credit, or applying for a Waiver of Faculty Policy to continue for a second semester.

Q: I did a summer judicial externship through the law school program – can I apply for a different fall judicial externship?

A:  No.  Students are limited to one externship and one judicial externship during their entire law school careers.  If you have participated in a judicial externship in any semester, you cannot be a judicial extern for credit again.  However, if you have not already done an externship, you can apply for an externship.

Q: I have found a summer legal internship with a for-profit business; can I apply to have it approved as an externship?

A:  No.  The School of Law grants credit for, and approves, externships and judicial externships only at governmental and non-profit organizations.

Q: I was accepted into a summer internship at a non-profit legal services organization in Oregon; can I apply to have it recognized as a summer externship and earn credit?

A:  Yes.  Summer externships can be anywhere in the world as long as the student applies for approval of the placement by the deadline for summer semester applications, the externship involves legal work, and the supervisor of the student is a lawyer, is willing to submit evaluations of the student and understands that the student will be required to submit weekly journals and time entries to the law school.

Q: Do I have to pay tuition if I have a summer externship?

A:  Yes.  Tuition is charged for any credit-bearing class a student takes during the summer.

A:  No.  The ABA law school accreditation rules provide that students who are being paid or receiving any type of remuneration at a placement, such as a grant, cannot receive credit for that internship.