An externship is a program that allows a current student to earn academic credit by working and gaining practical legal work experience under the guidance and supervision of a practicing attorney or judge.
The Externship Program has three educational objectives:
- To expose students to and acquaint them with the reality of what lawyers accomplish in the office and the courtroom.
- To provide opportunities for students to engage in proper legal research and writing in the context of real-life legal problems. Students receive close supervision, constructive feedback, and learn to write under tight deadlines.
- To allow students to pursue substantive learning in specific areas of the law that professors may not cover in great detail.