Agency Externship Program

The Agency Externship Program is a clinical training program allowing students to receive academic credit for legal work with a government agency or non-profit organization during summer only. Students work a minimum of 60 hours per unit of credit and may receive 1-3 units for their work. The externship employer must be in a civil or criminal law field anywhere in the world outside Southern California.

Employer Participation Policies

Supervisors in the Agency Externship Program agree to:

  • Meet with the legal intern on a weekly basis.
  • Explain the mission and structure of the organization and expectations about the legal intern’s work.
  • Explain the confidentiality policy of your organization to the intern.
  • Supervise the student on legal research on pertinent issues of law.
  • Assign student to draft legal memoranda, motions, briefs, summaries of case law, and other pertinent work.
  • Allow the student to shadow or take part in the interviewing of clients or presentations in court.
  • Assign students to attend regular case conferences, staff meetings, presentations, or other events pertinent to the legal intern’s professional development.
  • Provide timely and constructive feedback on assignments including editing the legal intern’s writing on a regular basis.
  • Be in regular contact with the USD Faculty Supervisor if any problem should arise.
  • Sign off on the student’s time log verifying hours worked.
  • Complete a final evaluation of student at the end of the semester.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The University of San Diego School of Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation in the admission or status of students, in the hiring, promotion or supervision of faculty, staff or administrators, or in the administration of law school programs and procedures. The facilities and services of the Career Services Office are only available to employers whose hiring practices are consistent with this policy.

Candidates who believe employers have violated USD School of Law's non discrimination agreement have been instructed to contact Career Services.

Student Course Requirements


Career and Professional Development
Warren Hall, Room 113
Phone: (619) 260-4529
Fax: (619) 260-6828


M, T, Th: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
W: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
F: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last advising appointment 1:30 p.m.)

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