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The Externship Program is designed to provide law students with the opportunity to expand their legal education beyond the classroom setting. Students can earn academic credit while gaining professional experience by working under the supervision of an attorney and participating in a course taught by instructors who have experience in the various practice areas. Students will learn through hands on experiences as well as observation.

The Externship Program offers seven unique externship classes with opportunities in the following areas: (1) Administrative Law; (2) Children’s Law; (3) Criminal Law; (4) Family and Small Business; (5) In-House Counsel; (6) Judicial; and (7) Public Interest.

The Externship Program has a working relationship with many field placements. Students who would like an opportunity at a placement not included on the list must seek approval from the Director of Externships and Special Academic Programs to ensure the placement meets the program’s requirements. All field placements are audited by the Director of Externships and Special Academic Programs.

Students enrolled in the externship program are given the opportunity to enhance their professional legal skills. Depending on the externship placement, students can develop their research and writing, interpersonal skills, professionalism, and professional responsibility. In addition to working on substantive tasks like drafting memos, assisting with brief writing, and legal research, students also have the opportunity to observe attorneys and judges both in the courtroom and behind the scenes.

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Stephanie Nye

Director of Externship & Special Academic Programs

Stephanie Nye
1525 Senate Street, Room 311
Columbia, SC 29208



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