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Application Process for Externships

Step 1: Attend an Externship Information Session

  • Externship information sessions are offered at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

Step 2: Understand the Requirements

  • Students may apply for an externship course beginning the second semester of their second year.
  • Students may not participate in more than two (2) externship courses and may not earn more than six (6) 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 course along with either a capstone or clinic course during the same semester.

Step 3: Understand the Commitment

  • During the fall and spring semesters, students are expected to work a minimum of eight (8) hours per week for thirteen (13) weeks at the externship site to earn two (2) hours of academic credit.
  • During the summer session, students are expected to work a minimum of thirty (30) hours per week for seven (7) weeks at the externship site to earn four (4) hours of academic credit.

Step 4: Research Externship Opportunities

  • Browse the list of pre-approved field placement opportunities.
  • If you would like an externship at an office not on the list, contact the Director of Externships and Special Academic Programs for approval.

Step 5: Schedule an Interview with the Director of Externships

  • Schedule an appointment to discuss your goals and expectations so that the Director can work with you to identify the best field placement.

Step 6: Apply

  • Applications are available in the Office of Law Registrar and Academic Services and should be submitted to the Director of Externships and Special Academic Programs.

Step 7: Prepare for the Interview

  • The field placement may reach out to you directly to schedule an interview once materials are sent. Respond promptly and prepare for the interview.

Step 8: Interview with the Placement

  • Dress professionally and arrive early.
  • Understand the work of the office and prepare questions to ask about the experience.