The Externship Program offers upper-division students the opportunity to earn academic credit for fieldwork performed at government agencies, legal corporate departments, law firms, nonprofit organizations, and judicial chambers.
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Participation in the Externship Program enhances USF students' practical, hands-on educational experience. In addition to fieldwork, the program includes a faculty-taught course component. Through these classes, students examine legal and professional issues that arise in their fieldwork, and receive an introduction to litigation preparation in anticipation of their postgraduate position. Faculty monitor the externships to ensure their quality as learning experiences. Students assume real-world responsibilities and develop professional relationships in contexts identical to those in which they may eventually practice.
The Civil and Criminal Externship Law Program gives upper-division students the opportunity to put their education in practice by working at law firms, legal departments, and public interest and government agencies for academic credit.
The policies and requirements of the program are intended to ensure a high-quality experience for students working under the supervision of experienced practitioners. During the fall/spring semesters, externships for credit must be in the San Francisco Bay Area, which includes the counties of San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. During the summer session only, students may apply for credit for externships outside of the Bay Area.
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.
During the fall and spring semesters, judicial externships for credit must be in the San Francisco Bay Area, which includes the counties of San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and Santa Clara. During the summer session only, students may apply for credit for externships outside of the Bay Area.