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My judicial externship was the highlight of my law school career.  I grew as a writer, I made lasting connections with inspiring advocates, and I contributed to something that really matters.  Kari Reitan ’14


Summer 2015 Externships:  Friday, May 15, 2015

Fall 2015 Externships:  for the 14-Credit and 10-Credit Models, by Friday, April 3, 2015; for the 5-Credit Model, by Friday, August 21, 2015

Spring 2016 Externships:  for the 14-Credit, 10-Credit, and 5-Credit Models the deadline is Friday, November 13, 2015



Lewis & Clark Law School offers students the opportunity to earn academic credits for a carefully supervised, well-crafted work experience through the Externship Program.  The expectation is that students will be given a meaningful work experience, with a focus on student learning, in a field of law or work that enhances and builds on their classroom experience. 

Learn more — watch the Externship Program Overview Webcast


While the Law School’s Career & Professional Development Center advertises numerous externship opportunities, students are also encouraged to develop their own externship placements.  Ideally, the placements are with public interest organizations, governmental agencies, courts, or in corporate settings.  Under special circumstances, private law firm placements may be approved. 

In all cases, an extern must be supervised by an attorney (or the equivalent) authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction in which the externship will be done.

We maintain a comprehensive list of all the Externship placements to date, which is a good place to start.  In addition, some employers post Externship positions and you can find those in our job postings.  We have also assembled a list of some possible placements from a variety of sources. 

During the past several years, the Global Law Program has developed Externship opportunities in China and India, although students interested in an International Externship are in no way limited to those countries.


During the academic year, students have the 3 externship models to choose between:  a 14-credit model, a 10-credit model, and a 5-credit model.  During the summer, externships earn 3 credits.  For more information on the models, please review this chart.


Each model has specific requirements, please refer to the  to review them.  Please note:  Transfer students must complete two (2) semesters of residency at Lewis & Clark Law School before commencing an externship placement.  

For more information or to ask specific questions, please contact Libby Davis, Associate Dean for Career & Professional Development and Alumni Relations, who oversees the Externship Program, at or (503) 768-6610.



Students considering an externship must:

(1) Review the chart and consider when they are interested in externing and what the requirements are.

(2) Schedule an appointment with a CPDC career advisor.  Email to schedule an appointment.

(3) Apply for and secure a placement.

(4)  Complete the required paperwork needed to gain approval to extern (access to the paperwork will be provided by Associate Dean Libby Davis;

(5)  International Students:  refer to International Students & Scholars Employment Opportunities webpage.

(6) Attend the mandatory pre-class session:

  • Spring 2015 Full-Time Externs - Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 12:10-1;30 pm
  • Spring 2015 Part-Time Externs - webcast (link will be sent after approval)
  • Summer 2015 - TBD
  • Fall 2015 Full-Time Externs - TBD
  • Fall 2015 Part-Time Externs - webcast (link will be sent after approval)


Employers interested in securing a Lewis & Clark Law School extern should contact the Career & Professional Development Center, or (503) 768-6608

U.S. Dept. of Labor Wage & Hour Fact Sheet

Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industry Interns & Trainee FAQs

Important Documents

For Students:
  • Access to documents required to apply for approval of an externship placement should be requested by email to Associate Dean Libby Davis,
For Employers/On-Site Mentors:
For Faculty Advisors: