Student Testimonials

 “I thought it (externship) helped me recognize the differences between academic legal writing and writing as a practitioner. I met wonderful mentors who seemed really interested in helping me develop my skills." Alden Anderson, Arizona Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts

“The externship program at ASU law provides valuable "real world" experience; it brings the law to life and offers participants the chance to put what they've learned in the classroom to test under the supervision of practicing attorneys. It provided vital contacts in the legal community for me, and gave me insight into what areas of law I want to practice.” Laura Clymer, US Attorney’s Office.

“The externship program is an excellent opportunity for students to gain practical experience prior to graduation. The substantive law courses provided at the college of law are great to prepare students to pass the bar and to understand how the law is applied in theory. The externship program allows students to apply the skills they are learning the classroom in the real world.” Tyler Cornia, Honorable William Brotherton, Maricopa County Superior Court

 “Externships are invaluable. It's a chance to take elements of what you learned in the classroom and to put them into actual practice in the real world. It shows you what you know and don't know, but it also gives you a chance to become passionate about the work you could do in practice and the changes in the world you can initiate with your work.”  Krystle Fernandez, Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

“My externship at the Arizona Supreme Court (Staff Attorney’s Office) was an amazing experience. It allowed me to take an active role in the judiciary of our state, and to examine real-world issues from a judicial perspective. The practical experience of mentoring I received was unparalleled. I would recommend this externship to anyone who's serious about getting the most out of their law school experience.” Timothy Forsman

 “My overall experience was really well-balanced and healthful. The externship allowed me to work on my writing skills and become more confident about my writing skills.” Justin Hoffman, ACLU

 “As an extern for the Presiding Disciplinary Judge I was able to learn a great deal about legal ethics and the responsibility of being a member of a self-regulating profession. This placement prepared me not just with very high level experience in legal writing and analysis, but in understanding the requirements of being an ethical lawyer. I benefited tremendously from this experience.” Katie Howland O’Brien, The Honorable William O’Neil. Arizona Supreme Court Disciplinary Judge

 "My externship placement was one of the best law school experiences thus far. My placement greatly improved my writing, showed me what it takes to be an effective advocate, and gave me the opportunity to build lasting relationships in the legal community." Daniel Jones, Arizona Supreme Court Staff Attorney’s Office

 “Every assignment (about 10) came with feedback and comments. “ Robert Lundberg, US Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

  “My externship at the Institute for Justice was immersive and stimulating. I wrote original memos on big – picture constitutional law issues like free speech and property rights. My supervisors challenged me to analyze statutes and ordinances for prospective cases, and my interpretation and writing skills improved considerably.” Jack Meccia, Institute for Justice

"The Externship Program provides the law student with a great opportunity to take what is learned in the classroom and apply it to the real world.  The program also teaches you that when working in an actual legal office it is not enough to just know the law, you must be able to communicate clearly in writing and orally and to navigate the diverse personalities around you."  James Hays, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

 “I was able to work on judicial decisions, write opinions and get first-hand feedback from the Judge. It was a great experience. I feel my writing has improved and I have a better understanding of judicial processes.” Nicholas Meza, Honorable David Duncan, U.S. District Court, District of Arizona

 “My externship placement at the Arizona Court of Appeals was a resounding success! I obtained practical legal research and writing skills that no classroom experience could have provided. I recommend the judicial externship program to any law student, regardless of his or her interest in appellate advocacy."Andrew Morrison, Honorable John Gemmill, Arizona Court of Appeals

“The SDO COL externship program help me spend a semester in Washington DC externing at the Office of the Solicitor General. Nowhere else could I have been so involved with a Supreme Court case appeal from start to finish: researching the legal issues, editing the brief to be filed, participating in moot arguments, and, finally, attending the actual Supreme Court oral arguments. The opportunity to learn from the best appellate attorneys in the nation has improved my writing more than a law school class ever could. Externing has been the highlight of my law school experience!” Brandon Nagy, Office of the Solicitor General, United States Department of Justice, Washington DC

“My externship experience this semester offered a solid opportunity to develop the research and writing skills necessary for a burgeoning legal professional. I learned about the art and skill of legal writing as it relates to a professional, realistic work environment, which is invaluable.” Joanna Pearson, Federal Public Defender

“I've grown both personally and professionally through this experience. Plenty of great networking activities, lots of interesting and complex issues to research, many opportunities to shadow/observe – great, well-rounded externship!” Tara Persson, City of Tempe Attorney's Office

 “It felt so good to apply all of the knowledge I have gained during my 1L, and to make the connections between that knowledge and actual law practice. My externship experience affirmed my desire to practice law, and offered the first real opportunity to learn about my field of interest, environmental law. I will always remember my first assignments, and will forever be grateful to the attorneys who took me under their wing and served as excellent models.” Marshall Chance Peterson, Arizona Attorney General’s Office, Environmental Enforcement Section

 “The externship program has been fantastic. The ability to earn class credit while getting real life experience in a nationally recognized organization was invaluable. Not to mention the boost to my resume. Several interviewers during OCI commented that they were impressed with my experience." Andrew Sniegowski, Goldwater Institute

“Excellent externship opportunity that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in natural resources law, federal Indian law, or working in a legal capacity for a federal agency in general.” Adam Bean, US Department of the Interior, Phoenix Field Office

“[This externship] has by far been the most helpful part of law school for me. School itself has helped with some legal skills, but the externship placement was the most beneficial. I am a much MUCH better researcher and writer now than I was before I started my placement. Great experience. Marcus Beecher, Mesa City Prosecutor’s Office

“My externship at Community Legal Services gave me the amazing opportunity of working directly with clients. It helped me learn the nitty gritty about filing in Family Court, and taught me things that I could never learn in a law school classroom." Elisha Dunn, Community Legal Services, East Valley

“Externship with DHS ICE has been a wonderful experience that has not only taught me the foundations of immigration law and leading cases, but helped to expel numerous myths about the agency, the immigration court, and overall Immigration process.” Giaconda Espinosa, Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement

"Working for Judge Rayes gave me a first-hand look behind the curtain of the judiciary, I not only improved my research and writing ability, bit I also go to hear Judge Rayes discuss his decision-making process and thoughts on hearings I attended.  I also have a much better idea of what a judicial clerkship actually entails.  Geoff Townsend, United States District Court, Honorable Douglas L. Rayes

“My experience at the City of Tempe Attorney's office was great. The attorneys there truly care about your improvement as an attorney and an individual. In addition to completing a variety of interesting assignments, I learned a great deal about a lawyer's role in local government. I also made great contacts that I will continue to keep in touch with.” Gregory Measer, City of Tempe Attorney’s Office

“I was skeptical about whether the externship would be worth my time because it requires so many hours for each credit hour, but I quickly learned how invaluable the experience would become. I developed great relationships with several of the Court of Appeals judges – especially the one I extern for – and I learned so much about the standard of review and how to analyze a case that already has the decision below. The Court of Appeals externship is especially valuable because I got to participate in conferences, attend oral arguments, and flesh out the relative validity of arguments presented by counsel. I would recommend doing an externship, and particularly an externship at the Arizona Court of Appeals, without reservation. Cory Tyszka, Honorable Donn Kessler, Arizona Court of Appeals

“I participated in a full-time externship under the direction of Chief Judge Bullock at the ITC. The ITC is a uniquely positioned quasi-agency that has authority to ban the importation of articles that are protected domestic IP rights. In my position, I was able to draw full opinions, Markman decisions, summary judgment motions, discovery motions, and other dispositive motions from start to finish based on my own thoughts of how the issue should be decided. I received critical feedback from the Judge and his attorney advisors and could not have asked for a better externship." Casey Campbell, United States International Trade Commission, Chief Judge Bullock

"Judge Tuchi and his clerks assign externs research and drafts of orders for cases on the Judge's civil docket. Externs receive a lot of critical feedback, and are treated as a part of the team. Judge Tuchi cares about teaching his externs and about learning from them.  Julie Hedberg, United States District Court of Arizona,  Honorable John Tuchi

"The Arizona State Legislative Legal Internship is a phenomenal way to both improve legal research and writing skills, but also to make a meaningful contribution to the democratic process in Arizona for the betterment of Arizonans.  The experience allows you to truly and positively impact public policy."  Alex D. Ivan, Arizona State Senate Rules Office

"An externship with Phoenix Children's Hospital's Office of General Counsel has been, hands down, the best learning experience of my law school career.  It is an exciting place with new legal issues popping up every day! There was a variety of projects to work on and a great team of attorneys to collaborate with." Madison Major, Phoenix Children's Hospital

 My externship with the Maricopa County Superior Court, Juvenile Court with Judge Palmer was an invaluable experience. My placement gave me unparalleled access to a judge, allowed me to research and write rulings on behalf of the judge, allowed me to observe court proceedings and ask the judge any questions I had, and provided me unique networking opportunities with attorneys that I frequently observed and interacted with.  I never anticipated practicing juvenile dependency law, but now it has become a serious option. I would wholeheartedly recommend an externship at the Superior Court, particularly with Judge Palmer." Bryson Jones, Maricopa County Superior Court, Honorable David Palmer

"My placement at the Arizona Court of Appeals provided me with great practical experience.  I had the opportunity to improve my writing skills, listen to oral arguments, present my draft decisions tot he judicial panel, and interact with other judges and court personnel." Tara McCormack, Honorable Michael Brown

"The Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law is a very interesting externship that affords students a unique opportunity to attend Senate hearings, Committee executive business meetings, and other proceedings.  The work is stimulating and entails fascinating and relevant research and writing assignments. It's truly a great opportunity, particularly for those wishing to enhance their familiarity with the legislative process." Pamela Robyn Poole, Senate Judiciary Committee, Office of Senator Flake, Washington, DC

"My externship gave me the experience I need to do well in the legal field. My supervisors were caring and very helpful. I feel prepared to go out into the real world and make a difference with the skills I have learned." Kevin Pooley, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Chief Prosecutor's Office

"The legislative council externship was an amazing and unique experience, and will go down as one of my favorite experiences in law school. It was a great opportunity to really immerse myself in the legislative experience and work on projects and research that I will not see again in practice." Justin Powley, Arizona Legislature - Legislative Council

"Detail oriented and results driven. This externship gives an opportunity to work in a challenging environment with seasoned attorneys on a variety of tasks.  Deeply rewarding, working with the USAO will provide an extern student the opportunity to experience what it is like to work in a team-focused atmosphere where every door is open and every attorney is there to help.  If you are interested in knowing what it is like to work in an environment where you don't bill by the minute and the work has deep meaning, the USAO is perfect for you." Wayne Freeland, United States Attorney's Office, Criminal Division 

"This semester I externed with Judge James A. Teilborg.  The experience involved researching and drafting judicial orders, meeting with law clerks and the judge, watching trials and oral arguments, and attending various other events around the courthouse.  The externship actually led directly to a job offer and I will be a law clerk for Judge Teilborg for the 2015-2016 term." Christopher Waznik, United States District Court of Arizona,  Honorable James A. Teilborg