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Externships

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

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)

Externship forms:

Government and Non-Profit Externship Application Form

Corporate and for-profit Externship Application form

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

Non-Profit

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

 

Government

Arizona Legislature

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

Student Handbook rules on externships

Externship Student Evaluation Form

 

All externs must submit byweekly journals. Journal requirements are attached to the ad hoc externship form.

 

EXTERNSHIP SUPERVISORS

Manual for Field and Faculty Supervisiors

Faculty Supervisor Evaluation Form

Externship Field Supervisor Evaluation Form

 

Watch the CLE workshop for attorneys who supervise law students in externships and law school clinics

Recorded Thursday, January 28, 2016.

 

 

For more information and questions about externships contact:

Seánna Howard
showard@email.arizona.edu
520-626-8223
Rountree Hall # 208

 

Updated: 4/11/17