Externships offer students the opportunity earn academic credit while gaining real-world experience in not-for-profit, government, judicial or transactional settings. Externs build meaningful relationships with their supervising attorneys and learn how to provide, solicit and implement feedback. Whether penning an opinion for a judge, defending a capital case, drafting legislation to address climate change or writing a contract for a film studio, externs learn at the heart of their chosen field. In the corresponding externship seminar, students process their experiences and grapple with the challenges their peers are navigating in their placements.

Interested in becoming an Approved Placement Site? Please review this information, and contact Director Davidson if you believe your office is a good fit.

Current placements: please submit your postings for spring externships by October 15 at the latest. For fall externships, postings should go up by mid-April. For guidelines on how to submit your postings, and more information and resources for current placements, please visit https://libguides.law.ucla.edu/externshipsupervisors.

Externship Opportunities

  • Full-time Externships

    Full-time externships open doors for students and allow them to gain practical training and experience in a wide range of complex practice areas under expert supervision. Students might learn more about criminal law practice at the Los Angeles District Attorney Major Crimes Division or the Office of the Federal Public Defender, conduct work with the securities and exchange commissions in New York and Los Angeles, or assist with impact litigation at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

    Agency Externships

    UCLA School of Law offers full-time externships in a variety of settings from government agencies to non-profit organizations. Students pursue externships in California, Seattle, Chicago, New York and Washington, DC (through our UCDC Program). Students taking a full-time agency externship must also enroll in a two-unit tutorial supervised by a faculty member who specializes in the subject matter of the student’s externship. The tutorial is designed to help the student reflect on lawerying and professional issues raised during the externship.

    Judicial Externships

    Students can also choose to pursue a judicial externship in either the state or federal system, and in the trial, appellate or specialized courts. In a judicial externship, a student might gain exposure to oral argument in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, witness trial court practice and procedure firsthand, or develop knowledge of specialized areas of the law. Students who enroll in a judicial externship also attend a contemporaneous two-unit judicial process class at the law school.

  • Part-time Externship

    Students in their second and third years may apply for a part-time externship with a judge, a government agency, a non-profit organization or with in-house corporate counsel. Externships allow students to expand upon their substantive and clinical coursework and to take advantage of unique opportunities for professional development. From interviewing clients at the Asian Pacific Caucus to learning how deals work at NBC Universal Studios, externships allow students to pursue their individual interests and gain experience that will serve them in their career. Students who enroll in part-time externships are required to write regular journals that help them reflect on their work experiences.

  • The UCDC Law Program

    The UCDC Law Program is a uniquely collaborative, full-semester externship program in Washington, D.C. The program combines a weekly seminar-style course on Law and Lawyering in the Nation’s Capital, with a full-time field placement to offer law students an unparalleled opportunity to learn how federal statutes, regulations, and policies are made, changed, and understood in the nation’s capital. During four months’ total immersion in the theory and practice of Washington lawyering, students will have contact with all three branches of the federal government, independent regulatory agencies, and advocacy nonprofits.

    The Program includes law students from Berkeley, Hastings, UCLA, UC Davis, and UC Irvine, and typically enrolls between 15 and 35 students. The Program is housed at the University of California Washington Center, a UC facility located at 1608 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., just minutes from the White House and most government departments and agencies.

    To learn more, explore UCDC Law Program site and follow us on:

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