"Experience - The Real Teacher."
The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Externship Program is a valuable way to network with prominent judges and lawyers and obtain practical legal experience in a real-world setting. The Externship Program is designed to enhance the educational experience of second and third year law students by providing an opportunity to do advanced legal work that is generally not available through the College of Law curriculum.
Students may not earn more than 12 credits of externship work in partial fulfillment of the total academic credits required for a JD degree. Students must work 55 hours for each hour of credit. All externships earn pass/fail credits. (You may apply a total of 16 pass/fail credits towards graduation.)
Students may engage in substantial legal work with Judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court of Arizona, Arizona Court of Appeals, and Maricopa County Superior Court; agencies such as the Office of the Attorney General, Maricopa County Attorney's Office; Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender; Cities, including Phoenix,Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale and Peoria; or work side-by-side with lawyers in non-profit settings, such as Community Legal Services, The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Children's Project, and Phoenix Children's Hospital. A complete list of placements can be found in the "Fall 2015 Externship Manual" linked below. Simultaneously, the work students perform provides greatly needed legal assistance to non-profit and governmental agencies and their clients.
The Washington D.C. Legal Externship Program and the Los Angeles Externship Program each fall provide students with valuable legal experience at government, agency, or nonprofit placements, and the opportunity to possibly take two 3-credit graded classes taught by a law school professor.
Summer and Fall 2015 Externship Placement Application Deadlines
Professor Jennifer Barnes
Director, Externship Program
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