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Arlington, VA

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Chesapeake, VA

Chesapeake Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court

Chesapeake General District Court

Chesapeake Circuit Court

City of Chesapeake Treasurer's office

Chesapeake City Attorney

Chesapeake Public Defender's Office

Commonwealth's Attorney's Office Chesapeake

Chesterfield, VA

Commonwealth's Attorney, Chesterfield County Virginia

Fort Monroe, VA

Office of the Post Judge Advocate

Hampton, VA

Hampton Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court

Hampton Commonwealth's Attorney's Office

Hampton Public Defender's Office

Isle of Wight, VA

Office of the County Attorney

King George, VA

King George County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office

Langley Air Force Base

Office of the Staff Judge Advocate

Louisa, VA

Commonwealth's Attorney, Louisa County

Newport News, VA

City of Newport News Commonwealth's Attorney

Prior extern notes:

  • Summer externship preferred,

  • Large office;  impersonal relationships,

  • More court days available on Tuesday and Thursday.

Newport News Public Defender's Office

Norfolk, VA

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Public Defenders Office for the City of Norfolk

U.S. District Court of Eastern Virginia

U.S. Coast Guard, Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic

Southeast Regional Capital Defender Office

U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney's Office

Commonwealth's Attorney Office of Norfolk

United States Attorney's Office, Civil Division

Federal Public Defender's Office

Portsmouth, VA

Portsmouth Commonwealth's Attorney's Office

Portsmouth City Public Defender's Office

Portsmouth Circuit Court

Richmond, VA

Senior Asst. Attorney General, Child Support Section

Commission on Virginia Courts in the 21st Century

Virginia Office of the Attorney General

Supreme Court of Virginia

Court of Appeals of Virginia

Office of the Chief Staff Attorney

Smithfield, VA

Isle of Wight Commonwealth's Attorney

Spotsylvania, VA

Spotsylvania County Circuit Court

Spotsylvania Commonwealth's Attorney's Office

Suffolk, VA

Suffolk General District Court

Office of the Public Defender, City of Suffolk

Suffolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney

Suffolk Commonwealth's Attorney's Office

Virginia Beach, VA

US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Virginia Beach Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney

Court of Appeals of Virginia

Virginia Beach General District Court

Virginia Beach City Attorney's Office

City of Virginia Beach Circuit Court

Scott Rigell for U.S. Congress

Wise County, VA

Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney (Wise)

Yorktown, VA

Yorktown Commonwealth's Attorney's Office

York County Attorney's Office

North Carolina

Pitt County North Carolina District Attorney's Office (Greenville)

Sharp, Michael, Outten & Graham (Kitty Hawk)

North Carolina Superior Court (Manteo )

20th Prosecutorial District Attorney (Monroe)

State of North Carolina District Court for the 25th District (Newton)

North Carolina Department of Justice (Raleigh)

District Attorney Office 13th District (Whiteville)

North Carolina District Attorney's Office (1st District)(Elizabeth City)

Washington, D.C.

Deputy Solicitor, U.S. Department of the Interior

The Public Education Network

Congressional Research Services Domestic Social Policy Division (Alabama)

Supreme Court of Alabama (Montgomery)

House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary

Federal Claims Court

Other States


United States District Court (Fairbanks)


Arizona Court of Appeals, Division 1 (Phoenix)

United District Court (Phoenix )

Office of the United States Attorney, District of Arizona (Phoenix )


Contracted City Attorney



Public Defender for Santa Clara County (San Jose )

Glenn County District Attorney's Office (Willows)

Orange County District Attorney's Office (Santa Ana)


Fourth Judicial District Court (Colorado Springs)


Division of Public Defender's Services (Hartford)


Administrative Office of Courts, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida (Miami)

United States Attorney's Office   (Tampa)

Florida's Second Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office (Tallahassee)


Georgia Court of Appeals (Atlanta)


United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago)

Effingham County State's Attorney's Office (Effingham)

Office of the State's Attorney (Rock Island)


Office of the Indiana Attorney General (Indianapolis)


Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office (Lexington)


Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (Gretna)


Maryland Public Defender's Office (Salisbury)

Worcester County State's Attorney's Office (Snow Hill)

Prince George County State Attorney's Office (Upper Marlboro)


Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota (St. Paul)

Minnesota Tax Court (St. Paul)


Pulaski County Prosecutor's Office (Waynesville)

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Attorney General (Concord)

New Mexico

United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Mexico (Albuquerque)

New York

Erie County District Attorney (Buffalo)

Westchester County District Attorney's Office (White Plains)


United States Department of Justice (Cleveland)

Office of the United States Attorney, Northern District of Ohio (Cleveland)

Court of Appeals of Ohio (Warren)

Office of the Ohio Public Defender (Warren)

Cuyahoga County Cour of Common Pleas (Cleveland)


Cambria County District Attorney (Ebensburg)

Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office  (Harrisburg)

Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas (Lebanon)

Philadelphia District Attorney's Office (Philadelphia )

Allegheny County Public Defender (Pittsburgh)

US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (Wilkes Barre)

Office of the Chief Council Immigration & Customs Enforcement (Philadelphia)

South Carolina

9th Circuit Solicitor's Office (Moncks Corner)

Circuit Public Defender (Conway)

Florence US District Court (Florence)



10th Judicial District of Tennessee (Athens)


Travis County Attorney's Office (Austin)

Texas Supreme Court (Austin)

Texas Third Court of Appeals  (Austin)

Jefferson County District Attorney's Office (Beaumont)

City of Roanoke Municipal Court (Roanoke)

Tarrant County District Attorney's Office (Fort Worth)

Lubbock County District Court (Lubbock)

58th District Court of Texas (Beaumont)



United States Bankruptcy Court (Yakima)

Quinault Tribal Court (Taholah)


United States Attorney's Office  (Milwaukee)

Winnebago County District Attorney's Office (Oshkosh)

Richland County District Attorney's Office (Richland Center)


International Sites

European Parliament, for Ireland South (Bruxelles, Belgium)

Rule of Law Institute (Sofia, Bulgaria)

Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (San Jose, Costa Rica)

El Tribunal de Justicia de la Comunidad Andina (Quito, Ecuador)

International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) (The Hague, Netherlands)


Sites Actively Seeking Externs

Quasi-governmental Externship Opportunity - The National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) at The University of Mississippi School of Law is seeking two law student externs for a project this summer.  The NSGLC is a federally funded legal research, education, outreach center that works with organizations throughout the country to address legal issues related to our oceans and coasts.  The Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission (MPPDC) in Saluda, Virginia, recently partnered with the NSGLC to identify legal remedies to address failing septic systems associated with “heir property” ownership.  While many co-owners enjoy the flexibility heir property (tenancy in common) offers and the sense of community it fosters, the title to such property is usually considered clouded.  The MPPDC has grant and loan funding available to help fix failing septic systems, but cannot expend these resources unless clear ownership and title to the land can be established. 

The NSGLC and the MPPDC would like to work with two law students in Virginia to develop two legal white papers on (1) heir property ownership issues in general and (2) various legal remedies to failing septic tanks located on heir property in Virginia.   

While the student externs would be working for the MPPDC, they do not have any attorneys on staff. The externs would be supervised remotely by Stephanie Showalter Otts, J.D./M.S.E.L (Vermont Law School ’01), NSGLC Director.  Stephanie has extensive experience supervising law students remotely on similar projects.  At a minimum, Stephanie would have weekly virtual meetings with the students and project partners, via GoToMeeting or Skype, and work closely with the students to direct the research and drafting of the white papers. 

The application deadline for the summer externship is February 13, 2012.  Interested students should contact Dominiqua Dickey, Program Coordinator for the National Sea Grant Law Center at The University of Mississippi School of Law, at

Chesapeake General District Court would like to host one extern each semester.  An extern would be supervised by the staff attorney, and would also work directly with the law clerks and judges.  The externs would have the opportunity to research a variety of legal issues that arise for our judges, review orders submitted to the court for compliance with statutory requirements, examine and research petitions for writ of habeas corpus, review final decrees of divorce, and observe court proceedings. We would prefer to only host externs who are at least in the top half of their class by rank.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- Judge Rebecca Beach Smith