UCLA School of Law offers externships in a variety of settings from government agencies to non-profit organizations. Currently, externship placements are limited to California, Seattle, Chicago, New York and Washington, DC (through the UCDC Program). You are not limited to the established programs in considering where to extern; however, keep in mind that any new program must be approved by the Externship Committee and rigorous standards are applied to evaluate any new externship placement. For more information about setting up new placements please see below.
If you are interested in finding out more about a particular agency, we encourage you to look at the agency's information online. There are also agency files, which are available in room 1472, which give background information and externship evaluations completed by former externs. The evaluations are candid and can be very helpful in selecting the agencies to which you might like to apply. We recommend that you review these files prior to applying.
For a list of approved placements, please click here.
To apply for all placements outside of the United States, students must have taken at least one course in international law or in the subject matter area in which they hope to practice at the externship and obtain the permission of a faculty member. Please see Wendy Haro for more information and a complete list of offerings. Because many international agencies will only accept students in their final year of law school, it may be possible to extern at these placements in the final semester of study, unlike other externships.
New Externship Placement Guidelines
All new externship placements must be approved by the Externship Committee. The burden is on the student to make the case and put together the necessary materials in support of the proposed externship. This means that you must submit the following information to the committee:
1. Your resume, a writing sample, and a copy of your transcript. If a faculty member supports your application, a letter from that faculty member would be helpful. Complete the basic Externship Application. A petition memo must also be prepared. (See Wendy Haro for samples of successful petition memos) The petition memo should include a description of the kind of work the student will be assigned; evidence concerning the quality of supervision the extern will receive; and some explanation of the ways in which the proposed placement will provide an educational opportunity significantly different from those already available. The student also may wish to show the relevance of this particular placement to the student's future career plans or background.
2. Ensure that the agency has completed the Application to Participate in the UCLA School of Law Semester Externship and return it with a copy of the resume of the lawyer who will be supervising the externship to:
Wendy Haro, Extern Coordinator
UCLA School of Law
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1476
FAX: (310) 206-1234
3. Any background information on the agency would be helpful.
4. All of the above items (Petition Memo, Resume, Writing Sample, Transcript, Letter(s) of support, Agency Application, Agency information) should be given to Wendy Haro, Room 1470.
Wendy Haro, the Externship Coordinator, is available to answer questions and counsel students on procedures for obtaining approval of a new program. Students interested in establishing new programs should also schedule an appointment with the Externship Director, Susan Gillig, early in the semester prior to the semester in which they wish to extern.
Absent extenuating circumstances, your completed application packet must be considered by the Committee before the last day of classes of the preceding semester. The earlier you submit the completed application packet, the more time the committee will have to follow-up with any problems that emerge. Please realize that Committee approval is not a "rubber stamp." Rather, the Committee must ensure that the externship you propose will significantly enhance the substantive range of available placements. It is not sufficient if the proposed externship simply expands the geographic range of opportunities.