The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law offers a special program for second and third year law students who seek legal experience with a federal agency or non-profit organization in Washington D.C. Classes are generally offered in the fall and spring semesters only. The D.C. Externship Program helps students acquire expertise in important legal areas, develop an informed insider perspective on policy developments on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies, and foster relationships and experiences that are invaluable assets to new attorneys when they enter a legal practice anywhere in the world. The D.C. experience may also assist students secure future legal employment in D.C. and elsewhere.
Students must fill out a D.C. Application and submit it to Carolyn Landry in Room 101 at least four months before the externship semester begins. The D.C. Application alerts the Externship Program to both student interest and externship options. Late applications may be accepted, but a timely application is highly recommended. Students do not need to have secured a postion in order to fill out the D.C. Application.
Students are responsible for securing their own placements in D.C. in government or non-profit organizations. A website that may assist students is http://www.psjd.org/. Once accepted, students must provide the name and address of the agency or judge and supervisor contact information to the Externship Program.
Students will earn credit for both the externship and for academic courses taught by College of Law faculty in D.C.. Students may pursue a minimum of 12 with a maximum of 15 credit hours during the semester. Most externship placements earn nine credit hours at 60 hours per credit. Students may generally earn 3- credits per course and students may take one or two courses while in DC.
Students accepted into the program will pay all standard tuition and fees required by their enrollment at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and are eligible for financial aid through the law school.If you are petitioning for Arizona residency, please note that leaving Arizona for this program may negatively impact your petition for residency. Once you have obtained residency, participating in this program will not result in a review of your residency status. For valuable information about the Washington D.C. Program, please read the following articles (but note that the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law is no longer affiliated with The Washington Center):
D.C. Externship Placements
Eligibilty and Requirements
“The SDO COL externship program helped 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 – Fall 2012
“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, Washington DC - Spring 2014