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ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law students can pursue externships in Arizona and across the nation, including popular destinations such as Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Externships are typically with judicial, government, and nonprofit organizations, and are done under the supervision of a U.S. attorney.
Designed for second- and third-year law students, the externship program enhances your educational experience through advanced legal work typically not available in the regular curriculum. In addition, you will have the opportunity to network with prominent judges, lawyers, lawmakers, and community leaders in over 100 placement options available.
Students may engage in substantial legal work with Judges from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court of Arizona, U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Arizona, Arizona Court of Appeals, and Maricopa County Superior Court; agencies such as the Office of the Attorney General, Maricopa County Attorney's Office; Maricopa County Office of the Public Defender; Cities, including Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale and Peoria; or work side-by-side with lawyers in non-profit settings, such as Community Legal Services, The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Children's Project, and Phoenix Children's Hospital. Simultaneously, the work students perform provides greatly needed legal assistance to non-profit and governmental agencies and their clients.
You can get one (1) credit for every 55 hours of legal work completed through an externship, up to a total of nine (9) credits in a single externship (a total of 12 credits of externship work while in law school). Students undertaking externships in DC or LA can also take courses from ASU Law professors and earn up to six (6) additional credits. You must have a minimum of 28 credits in order to participate in any externship. All externships earn pass/fail credits (a total of 16 pass/fail credits may be applied towards graduation).