USF trains practice-ready graduates through hands-on legal work. Through our externship programs, you'll earn academic credit for fieldwork at government agencies, corporate legal departments, law firms, nonprofit organizations, and state and federal courts.
In addition to fieldwork, the programs 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.
My externship with Mixpanel prepared me to effectively represent a corporate client and properly advocate and guide the corporation in legal compliance. I also gained practical experience in contract negotiation and commercial transactions that transformed the material I was exposed to in my contract law course. I would recommend every law student consider an externship because it allows you to make professional connections and gain experience as an attorney that cannot be obtained in a classroom."
- Sarah Estephan '20
Civil and Criminal Law Externships
The Civil and Criminal Law Externship Program gives upper-division students the opportunity to put their education into practice by working at law firms, legal departments, and public interest organizations, 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.
The Judicial Externship Program offers eligible upper-division students the chance to receive academic credit for positions as law clerks under the direct supervision of judges and research attorneys in state, federal and international courts.
The skills I learned are really helping me today in my practice. Both judges I externed with really took their time to teach me and show me how every decision being made by the Court affects real people—both in and outside of the courtroom. They became real mentors and made me feel that I can always come to them for advice about anything.”
- Freya Ingalla '18
Recent Externships Across the Bay Area
Our students participated in more than 120 externships this year within San Francisco and the broader Bay Area. San Francisco is also home to numerous local courts, large law firms, and corporate headquarters that make the Bay Area a vibrant place to live and work.
Below are examples of recent externship placements:
Recent Civil Law Externship Placements
ACLU Immigrants Rights Project
Natural Resources Defense Council
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
PAC 12 Enterprises
Duane Morris LLP
Recent Criminal Law Externship Placements
US Attorney's Office Criminal Division
San Francisco Public Defender
San Francisco District Attorney's Office
Recent Judicial Externship Placements
Supreme Court of California
California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District
United States District Court, Northern District of California