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Summer International Externships

The USF School of Law International Externship Program educates lawyers to be global citizens able to practice their profession anywhere in the world.

Information Session: Wednesday, January 21, 2015

5:20 to 6:20pm, Room 101: Last summer, 25 students secured externships in China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and across Europe. The externs were placed at the UN, a government agency, NGOs, local law firms and at multi-national businesses and law firms, including some that are based in the US. Students described their experience as life-changing both personally and professionally.  This summer, the program is expanding to Mexico City and the Czech Republic.  If you are considering a summer abroad, please plan to attend this important information session. The first 30 minutes will be an overview of the programs and the last 30 minutes will be Q&A with faculty and students who participated last summer. Please RSVP to lawsummerabroad@usfca.edu.  Click for Info Session Handout.

Click for Application - Deadline: January 28, 2015

These programs allow law students to learn about the law and legal institutions of the country where they are interning and to apply the skills they have learned in law school. The program is a minimum of 5 weeks, but students may arrange to stay longer. The externships present opportunities for learning and professional networking in both human rights law and international business law. Students intern at international business law firms, NGOs, government agencies, and foreign judicial offices. The externship program began in Brazil in the 1990s. USF students have traveled to Argentina, Cambodia, China, Haiti, India, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Externships Requirements: Students must have completed 28 law credits at USF School of Law, must be in good academic standing, and have health insurance coverage.

Interns must file weekly e-mail reflections with the USF Program Director and the externship culminates in a 10-15 page paper. Law students receive 3 extern units and 1 classroom unit for a total of four units of academic credit from USF for their participation in a five-week program. Students may arrange with their externship placement to stay longer. A maximum of 19 non-classroom credits may be applied towards a J.D. degree.


Application deadline:
Interviews and Results:
Tuition deposit of $350 due:
Tuition payment deadline:
January 28, 2015
February 2015
March 5, 2015
May 1, 2015

The students arrive at their destinations ready to learn, often bringing with them previous work experience in intellectual property, business and human rights. Competition for the externship positions is strong and priority is given to law students who are at or near the top of their class or who are fluent in the language of the country in which they wish to intern. Students are typically eligible to apply for the program at the end of their first or second years of law school.