The application process is completely on-line. Before you begin, learn about available placements and prepare for the application process.
INFORMATION SESSION ABOUT ALL ASPECTS OF EXTERNSHIP AND APPLICATION PROCESS WILL BE Wednesday, March 25, 12:00 noon, IN ROOM E108. Prof. Katz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are due by Friday, April 3. Later applications will be accepted, but this due date allows for fair treatment of applicants interested in some competitive placements.
Use these links to learn about approved placements:
BEFORE you start your application, look at the lists of approved placements. Be prepared to select up to 3 choices at which to work. Rememeber that Practice Externship (criminal or civil) are open ONLY to 3L students. Second term 2L's, and 3L's, may apply for Judicial Externship.
ALSO be prepared with an updated resume and a writing sample (if required by your selected placements), which you will be asked to upload. Please save these documents under a title that includes your name, so that when it is forwarded it will be clearly identified with you. Some placements do not require a writing sample. To accommodate those applications, we have not made "writing sample" a required field. CAREFULLY REVIEW the requirements for your chosen placements, and include a writing sample if required.
If you have only one or two choices, hit the "continue" button at the end of the page after you select your first choice and then for the next two choices, you may select - "I do not wish to make a second choice" and then hit continue and -" I do not wish to make a third choice".
There will be a space for a short note if you wish to comment on your choice,for example, "I prefer a placement in my home county" or "I do not have a car" or "please note career experience in this field on my resume", which may be helpful, for example, if you do not have a course that the placement has stated is a requirement.
IF YOU HAVE A PLACEMENT IN MIND THAT IS NOT ON THE LIST, contact Prof. Legge in regard to judicial chambers, or Prof. Katz, in regard to civil or criminal practice settings in government or nonprofit, to discuss. For example, if you are commuting from a distant county, we may be able to help you identify a placement in your area. We welcome new placements that provide substantial legal work and mentoring.
FOLLOW THROUGH---You will receive an email from Clinic Administrator Mary Ann Purvenas, Professor Katz, or Professor Legge stating your recommended placement at about the same time your materials are forwarded, via email, to the agency or chambers. You are required to arrange an interview with the supervising attorney or judge (or law clerk, in some chambers) as soon as possible. Ordinarily, this is not a competitive process (the agency is sent only the number of students they request), but your placement is not final until you are approved by the agency. A few agencies will simply discuss the placement with you by phone and not require a formal interview. Agencies that are competitive with students from other schools should be so noted in their information profile.
Promptly comply with any required background checks, otherwise you may not be able to begin at your placement on time, or, may even be precluded from participating. Background checks or security clearances are required for all U.S. Attorney positions and prosecutors and some other positions. It has been our experience that failure to disclose a potential issue can be more disqualifying than the incident itself; be sure to answer every question fully. You must be a U.S. citizen to work at the U.S. Attorney's Office. Consult Prof. Katz or Prof. Legge for more information if you have questions about this process. Remember that Dean Baker is an excellent resource for questions about background issues that may affect job approvals or (later on) bar admission.
Remember to register for Judicial Externship or Practice Externship during the regular course registration period. If you find that you have concerns about your placement, or change your plans about participating contact Prof. Katz or Prof. Legge asap to discuss, so that our placements are treated respectfully and so that other students can be accommodated.
Welcome to Externship!.