How To Find And Apply For An Externship
How do I begin looking for an externship? When do I apply? What should I send?
Detailed referral lists with contact information for public entities and other organizations that accept externs and current externships openings/postings can be located on the Externship Department web page, by clicking on the link for “Externship Opportunities.” If you are interested in a judicial externship, click on the menu tab “Handbook for Judicial Externs. Start early to plan and apply for any of these opportunities. Use this chart for reference:
For the fall semester - Apply in March of the Spring
For the spring semester - Apply during the first week of classes in August or earlier!
For the summer semester - Uppder division students should apply in October of the fall semester
First year students may not apply until December 1 of the fall semester
Obtain the detailed referral lists and opening postings as suggested above, and identify at least ten opportunities of interest. Prepare a cover letter (a sample cover letter is available on this site), polish your resume, and polish a brief (about 10 pages) sample of your legal writing. Some placements may require a transcript; if so, an internet copy is acceptable. Make an appointment in career services with your assigned counselor to review your cover letter and resume.
Some placements allow e-mail applications, but if the placement does not state a preference for delivery, then send your cover letter requesting an interview and your supporting documentation directly by hard mailed copies to your placement of interest. At the same time, complete an application form (click on the “New Applicant Forms” tab on the Externship website, attach your resume, and file it in the Externship Department, Founders 240, to reserve your place in the course. Please note any Externship Department application deadlines in the Deadline box on the Externship Department home page. Externships need not be confirmed by the application deadline, but the application itself must be filed by the deadline.
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How do I let the Externship Department know I’m looking for an externship?
File an Application with a resume (See the New Applicant Forms menu tab) in the externship department to reserve your space in the course and let them know you are looking for a position.
Do I contact judges and agencies that I am interested in directly?
Yes it is up to you to prepare a cover letter asking for an interview and include your resume, a brief legal writing sample and your transcript (and internet copy is acceptable) if your judge or agency requests one. For more specific information, click on the General Externships FAQ menu tab or the Judicial Externship FAQ menu tab.
How do I get contact information for judges, government agencies and law firms?
Detailed referral lists with contact information for public entities and other organizations that accept externs and current externships openings/postings can be located on the Externship Department web page, by clicking on the link for “Externship Opportunities.” If you are interested in a judicial externship, click on the menu tab “Handbook for Judicial Externs.
What if I am offered a position before all of my interviews are complete?
Think seriously about where you would like to have an externship before submitting an application. Apply only to those chambers, entities and organizations where you would accept if given an offer. If you are given an offer be prepared to accept it and politely cancel the remainder of your scheduled interviews. Never accept a position and then later decline to accept another. Try to schedule your interviews in the order of your preference. Your tact and professional in these matters are critical to your reputation.
If I accept an offer?
Only the Externship Department can enroll you in an externship administered by the Department. Enroll for a full slate of classes first - we can assist you to drop inconvenient classes later and enroll you in your externship.