The School of Law has a well-established program to accord credit for appropriate school-year placements. Students should check with the School’s Externship Director and the Executive Director of the Program about venues, credit, and applicable requirements.
The semester-long, full-time program gives J.D. students in their second and third years the opportunity to develop legal skills outside the classroom context, gain practical experience in supervised settings, and acquire perspectives about the lawyering process while working for a nonprofit organization or governmental agency with relevance to the entertainment or media law sector.
Both J.D. and LL.M. candidate students also have an opportunity to seek corporate-venue externships, so long as they comply with Program requirements. Many students have chosen to work in the legal or business affairs departments of movie and television studios, networks, production companies, and agencies, among other venues. (Students may NOT take part-time externships at a law firm.) A student may take more than one part-time externship, but may receive a cumulative total of not more than four units of “pass-fail” credit for satisfactory completion of such externships.