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During the fall and spring semesters, students are expected to work a minimum of eight hours per week for thirteen weeks. The students should work at least 104 hours at their placement in a semester. Each course carries two hours of letter graded academic credit. During the fall the following two externship opportunities are available: (1) Children’s Law; and (2) Judicial. During the spring the following externship opportunities are available: (1) Administrative Law; (2) Criminal Law; (3) Judicial; and (4) Legislative.

In the summer students may earn four hours of letter graded academic credit by working a minimum of 30 hours per week for seven weeks. The student should work at least 210 hours at their placement. During the summer the following two externship opportunities are available: (1) Administrative Law/In House Counsel; and (2) Judicial.

In addition to the hours spent working at the externship placement, externs are required to attend a companion class. Please see the course schedule for the days and times of those classes.

Third year students are eligible to participate in any of the externship programs. Second year students are eligible to participate beginning in the spring semester of their second year. Students may not participate in more than two externship courses and may not earn more than six academic credits from externships. If a student participates in more than one externship, the externships must be in different areas. Students may not take an externship along with either a capstone or a clinic during the same semester. Students participating in the externship program may not earn a salary or receive other compensation for the work performed at the placement.

Interested students must complete an externship application and submit it to the Director of Externships and Special Academic Programs. The Director will work with each student to find a suitable placement depending on the student's interest and placement availability. The student will be registered for the externship class directly by the Registrar's Office.

Educational Objectives

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.

Attorney Supervisors

Site supervisors are always attorneys. They are expected to provide students with substantive legal work as well as observational experiences. At the conclusion of the course, attorney supervisors submit a written evaluation of the student's performance. This evaluation is based upon a student's research and analytical skills, writing skills, legal knowledge and ability, verbal communication, professionalism, and work habits. This evaluation constitutes 50% of the student's grade.

Student Responsibilities

Prior to beginning an externship, each student must attend the Mandatory Orientation conducted by the Director of Externships and Special Academic Programs.

Students are also required to turn in weekly journal entries detailing experiences over the previous week. Instructors may also require students to provide information in the journal entries regarding particular subjects related to the weekly discussion.

Externship Opportunities

Administrative Law

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Civil Division
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Fort Gordon, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (Augusta, Georgia)
  • Fort Jackson, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
  • Human Affairs Commission
  • Latin American Association (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • Santee Cooper
  • SC Attorney General’s Office — Environmental Crimes
  • SC Attorney General’s Office — Post Conviction Relief
  • SC Department of Corrections
  • SC Department of Education
  • SC Department of Employment Works
  • SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • SC Department of Health and Human Services
  • SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
  • SC Department of Natural Resources
  • SC Department of Revenue
  • Ocean and Coastal Resources Management
  • Office of the Governor
  • University of South Carolina Office of Compliance

Children's Law

Children’s Law
  • SC Attorney General’s Office of Human Trafficking
  • SC Legal Services
  • Kershaw County Department of Social Services
  • Kershaw County Guardian Ad Litem
  • Lexington County Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Lexington County Department of Social Services
  • Lexington County Public Defender
  • Richland County Public Defender
  • Richland County Solicitor
  • Richland County Department of Social Services

Criminal Law

  • Federal Public Defender
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division
  • Aiken County Solicitor
  • Beaufort County Solicitor
  • Charleston County Public Defender
  • Horry County Solicitor
  • Lexington County Public Defender
  • Lexington County Solicitor
  • Orangeburg Public Defender’s Office
  • Richland County Public Defender
  • Richland County Solicitor
  • South Carolina Attorney General’s Office
  • South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense — Capital Trial Division
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
  • South Carolina Victims Assistance Network
  • York County Public Defender

In House Counsel

In House Counsel
  • AgFirst Farm Credit Bank
  • Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina
  • Fidelity National Title Insurance Company
  • Honda of South Carolina
  • Lake City Partnership Council
  • Palmetto Health
  • South Carolina PEBA
  • TRU Simulation + Training
  • University of South Carolina’s Technology Communication Office

Judicial — Federal

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • The Honorable Henry Floyd
  • The Honorable Dennis Shedd (by special application)
U.S. Federal District Court
  • The Honorable Joseph Anderson
  • The Honorable Michelle Childs
  • The Honorable Robert Conrad (Western District of NC)
  • The Honorable R. Bryan Harwell
  • The Honorable Mary Geiger Lewis
  • The Honorable Margaret B. Seymour
U.S. Federal Magistrate Court
  • The Honorable Paige Gossett
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • The Honorable David Duncan
  • The Honorable John Waites

Judicial — State

Supreme Court
  • The Honorable John C. Few
  • The Honorable Kaye G. Hearn
Court of Appeals
  • The Honorable J. Douglas McCullough (NC)
  • The Honorable Bruce Williams
Circuit Court
  • The Honorable DeAndrea Benjamin
  • The Honorable Paul Burch
  • The Honorable G. Thomas Cooper
  • The Honorable Edgar Gregory (NC)
  • The Honorable John C. Hayes III
  • The Honorable Robert Hood
  • The Honorable William P. Keesley
  • The Honorable Alison Renee Lee
  • The Honorable Casey Manning
  • The Honorable Knox McMahon
  • The Honorable Clifton Newman
  • The Honorable Thomas Russo
Family Court
  • The Honorable Paul Garfinkel
  • The Honorable Michelle Hurley
  • The Honorable Dorothy Mobley Jones
  • The Honorable George McFaddin
  • The Honorable Nancy C. McLin
  • The Honorable Leslie Riddle
Masters in Equity
  • The Honorable James Spence
  • The Honorable Joseph Strickland
Probate Court
  • The Honorable Amy McCulloch
  • The Honorable Carolyn Rogers
Magistrate’s Court
  • The Honorable Caroline Streater
Administrative Law Court
  • The Honorable Deborah Brooks Durden
  • The Honorable Phillip Lenski
Workers’ Compensation Commission
  • J. Keith Roberts, Esq.


South Carolina Senate
  • Senator Chip Campsen
  • Senator Tom Davis
  • Senator Marlon Kimpson
  • Senator Shane Massey
  • Senator Luke Rankin
South Carolina House
  • Representative Bruce Bannister
  • Representative J. Derham Cole, Jr.
  • Representative Laurie Funderburk
  • Representative Chris Hart
  • Representative Walt McLeod
  • Representative Tommy Pope
  • Representative Todd Rutherford
  • Representative Ronnie Sabb
  • Representative James E. Smith, Jr.