An externship is the placement of a student in a law office off-campus where the student studies law practice in action under the oversight of an on-site field supervisor and a law faculty member. The Law College provides academic credit to students studying law through a variety of externship placements. These externships can usefully be grouped into “Permanent Externships,” “Ad Hoc Externships” (including placements in government, non-profit, corporate and for-profit legal offices) and “Post Feb Bar Externships.” The following describes each of these externship opportunities and how students may enroll in them.
Permanent externships have been approved as individual courses and have the same faculty and field supervisors each semester. Each permanent externship has its own course number, listing and description that do not change. Permanent externships have the prefix LAW 693 and are assigned a section number.
Students apply for permanent externships in accordance with the procedures provided in the course description. Before registering for the course, students must get permission to enroll from the faculty and field supervisors.
AD HOC EXTERNSHIPS
Students may initiate their own field placement or apply for an existing “ad hoc” externship which refers to any non-permanent externship. Ad hoc externships all have the same course number 693 §3. All ad hoc externships must be pre-approved by the faculty and field supervisors and the Curriculum Committee. Students must fill out an ad hoc externship form and submit to the Externship Coordinator who will review and forward to the Curriculum Committee for approval. There are separate forms for Corporate & For-Profit and Government & Non-Profit. Please ensure you submit the appropriate form. (See Below)
Ad hoc externship forms:
In order to allow time for background checks and security clearances, if required, students should apply as early as possible the semester before they start their placement.
POST FEB BAR EXTERNSHIPS
Post February bar externships are available to both Feb bar takers and non-Feb bar 2L and 3Ls. Feb bar externship placements do not need to be pre-approved unless they are student initiated ad hoc placements. Students taking Feb Bar externships must enroll in 698C for the 8 week period post bar.
LEGISLATIVE AND EXECUTIVE EXTERNSHIPS
The Law College currently offers two types of legislative externships - (1) externships offered in the Arizona Legislature each spring semester and (2) externships that a student might procure on his/her own in a state or federal legislative office.
ARIZONA LEGISLATIVE EXTERNSHIPS
Each year, the Arizona legislature chooses several second and third year law students to serve as legal interns during the spring semester. These legal interns are chosen from participating Arizona law schools. A GPA of 2.75 or higher is required for participation in the Program. Each legal intern selected receives a waiver of tuition and fees for six units in the Spring and a stipend as a contribution the student's out-of-pocket costs. In the past, legal interns were placed in both the Senate and the House of Representatives with the non-partisan Rules Committee legal staff and the Democrat legal staff, and with the Legislative Council, the Legislature's non-partisan bill drafting and research agency. The Legislative Session usually begins in mid-January. The work consists primarily of research and writing with an opportunity to experience the legislative process. Legal interns will work 20 hours each week at the Capitol.
AD HOC EXTERNSHIPS FOR FEDERAL LEGISLATORS
Students are welcome to contact a state or federal legislator's office and inquire about doing an externship during a given semester. These externships may be in Washington, D.C., Arizona, or any other state. Students wishing to do this should follow the procedures for applying for and enrolling in an Ad Hoc Government or Non-Profit Externship.
GOVERNOR'S OFFICE EXTERNSHIP
The State of Arizona Governor's Office of General Counsel accepts externs in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. The Office advises the Governor on laws impacting the State of Arizona and other legal matters. Externs work on all aspects of litigation affecting the Governor's office and issues that directly affect the State of Arizona. The externship is open to 1L, 2L, and 3L students. Offers will be subject to successful completion of background check. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and unofficial law school transcript.
LIST OF EXTERNSHIPS
American Civil Liberties Union
Arizona Center for Disability Law
Center for Creative Photography
Florence Immigration and Refugee Rights Project
Immigrant Survivors Legal Assistance
Institute for Justice
James E. Rogers Public Interest Law Group
Mortgage and Consumer Finance Law Group
National Law Center
Southern Arizona Legal Aid
University of Arizona Student Legal Services
Arizona Governor’s Office
Arizona Attorney General, Department of Child Safety, Protective Services Division
Department of Justice: Environment and Natural Resources
Department of Homeland Security: Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Federal Public Defender
Federal Public Defender (Trial Unit)
Navajo Tribal Court Externship
Pascua Yaqui Court of Appeals
Pima County Office of Children’s Counsel
US Attorney’s Office
Corporate and For-Profit
Law Office of Stacy Scheff
Raytheon (Feb Bar)
EXTERNSHIP RULES AND REQUIREMENTS
All externs must submit byweekly journals. Journal requirements are attached to the ad hoc externship form.
Recorded Thursday, January 28, 2016.
For more information and questions about externships contact:
Rountree Hall # 208