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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.

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Application Deadline:  January 28, 2014

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 one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study at USF School of Law, must be in good academic standing, and have health insurance coverage.

Interns must file weekly e-mail reports with the USF Program Director and the externship culminates in a 20-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:
Tuition deposit of $350 due:
Tuition payment deadline:
   January 28, 2014
February 5-14, 2014
February 19-20, 2014
March 5, 2014
May 1, 2014

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 eligible to apply for the program at the end of their first or second years of law school.