An Externship is an opportunity for students to earn a full semester or summer’s worth of academic credit by working full time, without pay, under the guidance of a practicing attorney at a carefully selected placement. Students can do an externship anywhere in the world. The placement can be with a federal trial or appellate judge, state appellate judge, public interest agency, government agency, an NGO in a foreign country, or corporate in-house counsel. Students can independently arrange externships with individual firms, or through organizations such as The Hague Justice Portal.
The Externship has a mandatory classroom component and paper requirement, and students are required to keep a daily journal. For Semester Externships, Day students can begin an Externship after completing three semesters of law school; for Evening students the requirement is four semesters. For Summer Externships, both Day and Evening students can participate after their first year. Students cannot participate in an Externship during their last semester of law school. Read more.
The Law School has developed a number of exclusive placements in India. There are options for students interested in business, litigation, transactional, public interest, human rights, and environmental practice. To learn more, visit the India Externships site.
There are also three exclusive Lewis & Clark placements in China, in both Beijing and Shanghai. These externships are designed to round out a summer that begins with studying in Beijing through a partner program at Peking University. To learn more, visit the Studying in China site.
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