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Washington, D.C. Legal Externship Program

The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law offers a special program for second and third year law students who seek legal experience with a federal agency or non-profit organization in Washington DC. Classes are generally offered in the fall and spring semesters only. The DC Externship Program helps students acquire expertise in important legal areas, develop an informed insider perspective on policy developments on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies, and foster relationships and experiences that are invaluable assets to new attorneys when they enter a legal practice anywhere in the world. The DC experience may also assist students secure future legal employment in DC and elsewhere.


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Students must fill out a DC Application and submit it to Carolyn Landry as soon as possible before the externship semester begins. The DC Application alerts the Externship Program to both student interest and externship options. Late applications may be accepted, but a timely application is highly recommended. Students do not need to have secured a postion in order to fill out the DC Application.

Students are responsible for securing their own placements in DC in government or non-profit organizations. A website that may assist students is http://www.psjd.org/. Once accepted, students must provide the name and address of the agency or judge and supervisor contact information to the Externship Program.

Students will earn credit for both the externship and for academic courses taught by ASU Law faculty in DC. Students may pursue a maximum of 15 credit hours during the semester. Generally students earn between six and nine externship credit hours at 55 hours per credit. Students may also take one or two (3) credit courses while in DC.

Students accepted into the program will pay all standard tuition and fees required by their enrollment at ASU Law and are eligible for financial aid through the law school.If you are petitioning for Arizona residency, please note that leaving Arizona for this program may negatively impact your petition for residency. Once you have obtained residency, participating in this program will not result in a review of your residency status.

 

 

Eligibility & Requirements

Students must be a second or third year law student at ASU Law in order to participate in this program. Students may not be on academic probation. In special circumstances, students from other law schools may be able to participate in the Externship Program as visiting students at ASU Law.

The application procedures and deadlines for DC externships vary among different agencies and organizations. It is therefore advisable for students to examine the requirements of individual agencies and organizations many months before the externship semester begins. It is also strongly recommended that students submit the DC Application to Carolyn Landry as soon as possible before the externship semester begins. The DC Application alerts the Externship Program to student interest and externship options. Late applications may be accepted, but a timely application is highly recommended.


Policies Governing D.C. and other Out-of-State Externships

The Washington DC Legal Externship Program provides students with valuable legal experience at government, agency, or nonprofit placements, and the opportunity to take two 3-credit graded classes taught by a law school professor.

  • A student may register for a maximum of 16 credits if participating in the Washington DC Legal Externship Program.
  • A student may not spend more than one semester in the Washington DC Legal Externship Program.
  • If students choose to participate in non-– Arizona (or out–of–state) externships, they are permitted to earn a total of 16 credits in any combination of externship credits, and/or classes and externships affiliated with the DC Program.

Classes are not offered in the summer semester in DC.

Students are responsible for securing and paying for housing.

Professor Gail Herriot from USD may teach two (3) credit classes in the spring 2016 semester: Civil Rights Law and History and Legislation in the Modern State.

View D.C. Externship Placement Listing

For valuable information about the Washington D.C. Program, please read the following articles (but note that the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law is no longer affiliated with The Washington Center):