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 organizations. For those interested in externships or work with inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, the Global Law Program has produced a detailed list of possibilities: Global Law Career Opportunities: International Law, International Human Rights, and International Criminal Law. Many IGOs and NGOs operate out of the Netherlands and are listed in the Guide to International Organisations in The Hague.
Applications are due January 31, 2014 but will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early submission is encouraged.
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.