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.
To learn more about the requirements of doing any type of externship, please visit the Externship Program webpage.
Individually Designed Placements:
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.
In addition, the law school has developed a number of exclusive summer placements in India and Asia. For summer 2014, applications are due January 31, 2014 but will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Early submission is encouraged.
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.
Asia: There are exclusive placements in Asia, particularly for students interested in law firm experience. Past placements include firms in both Beijing and Shanghai, China. In 2014, we have placements secured with firms in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). 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.