Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the externship program must:

  • Work at least 12 hours per week over the course of a 14-week semester or 200 hours over the course of an eight-week summer session.
  • Attend a companion weekly seminar taught by a Maurice A. Deane School of Law faculty member if participating in the externship program during the fall and spring semesters.

    During the summer externship program, students are required to attend a full-day orientation program and then participate in an online classroom component throughout the summer.

    For students who have already completed one externship, the classroom component may be waived in some circumstances.
  • Maintain a reflective journal about their field placement, in accordance with the placement’s confidentiality requirements, as well as the attorney-client privilege and attorney-work product doctrine.
  • Produce a substantial amount of original writing involving legal research and analysis during the field placement.
    • For judicial placements, students must complete a minimum of 25 pages of written work.
    • For the Global Legal Practice and summer externship programs, students must complete 20 pages of written work.
    • For all other externship programs, students must complete 15 pages of written work.

No Compensation: Students may not be compensated for the work they perform in connection with their field placement other than reimbursement of reasonable externship-related out-of-pocket expenses.

No Fees or Billing: Field placements must not bill or collect any fees for any work performed by students.