With Summer Comes New Opportunities

Posted Fri, 07/27/2018 - 13:39

Summer for USF School of Law students means immersing themselves in judges chambers, corporate offices, courtrooms, public defender and prosecutor offices, and more. Whether they are based in San Francisco or Silicon Valley, or have traveled across oceans, our students’ summers are filled with hands-on experiences and new professional relationships.

Our international externships help you develop an understanding of how to do business and pursue justice in today’s global society. Our Office of Career Planning supports our students finding jobs around the country that build legal skills. Through our domestic externship program, you'll earn academic credit for fieldwork at government agencies, corporate legal departments, law firms, nonprofit organizations, and state and federal courts. And the Keta Taylor Colby Southern Internship Program sends law students to work with capital defense attorneys in the South.

Rachel Cefalu ’20
Externing at De Gaulle Fleurance et Associes
Paris, France

Rachel Cefalu '20“I am working on projects that help me gain a stronger grounding in European Union and French law, and am becoming familiar with intellectual property practice here. I have always wanted to have an international aspect to my career, and this is the perfect opportunity for me to gain invaluable international perspective while enjoying the thrills of living and working in a foreign country.”

Sarah Sumita Kosso ’19
Intensive Advocacy Program at USF School of Law
San Francisco, California

Sarah Sumita Kosso ’19

“The Intensive Advocacy Program experience was incredible and taught me more than any class in law school has. Trial skills cannot be taught sitting down in a classroom. Program Director Doris Cheng and her staff gave us the opportunity to get up on our feet every day to fight. And to fight hard. Over a couple of weeks, I saw my classmates develop confidence, style, and poise. This class gave them their voice. It was the coolest thing to observe and incredible to see in myself.”

Mary Katherine Ashmore ’19
Business and legal affairs extern at The Content Group (formerly known as Asylum Entertainment)
Los Angeles, California

Mary Katherine Ashmore ’19

“I have been tasked to research a wide scope of legal practice areas. One day I am assisting my supervising attorney negotiate a contract between a well-known celebrity and Facebook for a Facebook Watch docuseries, while the next I am researching the new regulations from California’s Fair Employment and Housing Council to update our company's sexual harassment/anti-discrimination policy. Having the chance to observe veteran entertainment law attorneys in the entertainment capital of the world has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will, without a doubt, help me in my future career.”

Cruz Zavala-Garcia ’19
Law clerk at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.

“I’ve been immersed in the practice of a defense team and involved in all aspects of case preparation and strategy. I’ve been performing legal research, drafting motions, and reviewing evidence, as well as interviewing and meeting with clients. I believe that to grow into a successful attorney, it helps to have an understanding of how much work each task should take during different stages of a trial.”