Employer Requirements for the Externship Program

  • Each law student extern must have a field supervisor who is a licensed attorney or judge at a government agency or non-profit organization
  • Field supervisors must agree to supervise the law student intern's work product, provide substantive feedback, and meet with the student on a regular basis. 
  • As part of the law student extern's application for credit, field supervisors are required to provide a resume, business address, and business phone number.  A printout from a web page that verifies the field supervisor's attorney status is sufficient.
  • Employers must be able to provide the law student extern with the amount of work hours necessary to fulfill the credit hours the student is seeking.  Law student externs may earn up to four credits for an externship.
    • 1 Credit = 50 Work Hours
    • 2 Credits = 100 Work Hours
    • 3 Credits = 150 Work Hours
    • 4 Credits = 200 Work Hours
  • Employers are not permitted to compensate law student externs, nor can employers charge any client or collect any fee for the extern's time.
  • The student's work must be legal in nature and have a substantial writing component. Acceptable writing pieces include:
    • compositions which are reviewed and critiqued;
    • legal memoranda and briefs which are a significant part of the work and that show legal research, analysis, and reasoning.
    • Interrogatories, pleadings, correspondence and non-legal memoranda normally are not sufficient.
  • At the end of the semester, field supervisors are required to provide a completed  Field Supervisor Externship Report.  Field Supervisors must also provide each law student extern with an oral review evaluating the student's performance and work product.