Hi! Did you know your browser is outdated? For a more robust web experience we recommend using Safari, Firefox, Chrome or Opera.
CalBarScholarship2013_thumb
Two Students Receive California Bar Foundation Diversity ScholarshipsStory
Alyssa Bussey
Third-Year Student Externs with California Supreme Court Chief JusticeStory
Clay Logo Thumbnai
Four Alumni Honored as CA Attorneys of the YearStory
Fitzgerald
Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J. Named President of the University of San FranciscoStory
Doris Cheng Story
Doris Cheng ’98 Named Director of Intensive Advocacy ProgramStory
Civil Rights News Thumb
Dean Trasviña Commemorates 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights ActStory
Scalia Podium
Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner Speak at USFStory
1Dollar Jacket
Faculty Book Offers Glimpse into Lives of the World’s PoorestStory

Judicial Externships

The Judicial Externship Program offers eligible upper-division students to receive academic credit for positions as law clerks under the direct supervision of judges and research attorneys in state and federal courts.

Externship Programs
Kendrick Hall, 235
Phone: (415) 422-4467
Fax: (415) 422-4470
externships@usfca.edu
Full-Time Externships

Full-time externships (11 or 13 units) are permitted in federal courts (Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, including bankruptcy judges), the California Supreme Court, and the California Courts of Appeal. Full-time externships are not permitted in California Superior Courts. The 11 and 13 unit options are unavailable during the summer session.

Half-Time and Part-Time Externships

Half-time (6 units) and part-time (3 or 4 units) externships are permitted in federal courts (Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, including bankruptcy judges), the California Supreme Court, the California Courts of Appeal, and California Superior Courts. The 6 unit option is unavailable during the summer session.

To receive credit for the externship, judicial externs are required to attend a one-day Judicial Orientation, which takes place shortly before or at the beginning of the semester. Externs also must submit evaluations and weekly timesheets, meet individually with the Director and Assistant Professor for the Externships, and complete other assignments as directed.

Academic Eligibility and Other Criteria

Minimum GPA and other academic policy requirements apply in order for the student's externship to be approved for academic credit. Full-time students in their last three semesters of law school are eligible for academic credit for a judicial externship. Part-time students who maintain part-time status are eligible during their final four part-time semesters. Students either must have completed Evidence before the externship begins, or be concurrently enrolled in Evidence during the semester of the externship.

Please review the FAQs located under Resources and the Judicial Externship Application Packet below to determine your eligibility to participate. A list of courts that have taken USF students as externs in the past is included in the Application Packet and also available as a separate document under Resources. Students are advised to work with the Office of Career Planning to prepare cover letters and resumes and to locate additional courts not listed in the Application Packet.

Student Application Packet

Before completing these forms, please make sure that you have reviewed all of the policies, requirements, and procedures in the packet referenced above. You may also review the FAQs under "Resources".