Field Placement Program

The Field Placement Program allows students to receive academic credit for part-time legal work performed under the supervision of an attorney at approved placement sites. In addition to hands-on work at the placement sites, students enroll in a faculty taught course designed to enhance the placement experience. Students are able to work with a wide variety of employers and in a range of practice areas. Students can work as an extern at a government agency, a non-profit organization, a corporation, company or a business entity.

Washington DC Externship

The Washington DC Externship is a unique educational experience that enables students to work in a semester-long externship in Washington, D.C. Under the supervision of an on-site attorney, students work for a government or public interest agency, non-profit trade association, think-tank or with a judge. Students can earn from 12-15 units per semester.

View more detailed information on the D.C. Externship program web page.

Agency Externship

The Agency Externship Program allows students to receive academic credit for legal work with a government agency or non-profit organization. Students must work during the academic session for a minimum of 50 hours per unit of credit and may receive 1-4 units for their work at a placement.

For purposes of Agency Externship work, the academic session is from the official start of classes to the last day of final exams. Any externship work outside this time period may be counted towards pro bono hours, but not for academic credit. If students have previously been placed in an Agency Externship, they can register for Agency Externship II.

Corporate Counsel Externship

The Corporate Counsel Externship Program allows students to receive academic credit for working in the legal department of a corporation, company or other business entity. Students may also work in other departments of a corporation as long as they are supervised by an on-site licensed attorney. Students must work during the academic session for a minimum of 50 hours per unit of credit and may receive 1-4 units for their work at a placement.

For purposes of corporate counsel externship work, the academic session is from the official start of classes to the last day of final exams. No externship work for a corporate counsel placement is permitted outside this time period. If students have previously been placed in a Corporate Counsel Externship, they can register for Corporate Counsel Externship II.


Frequently Asked Questions

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