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Enhance the educational experience

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. The ASU Law Externship Program is a valuable way to obtain practical legal experience in a real-world setting and to network with prominent judges and lawyers. The Externship Program is designed to enhance the educational experience of second and third year law students by providing an opportunity to do advanced legal work that is generally not available through the College of Law curriculum. Externships are typically with judicial, government, and nonprofit organizations, and are done under the supervision of a U.S. attorney.

Students earn one (1) credit for every 55 hours of legal work completed through an externship, up to a total of 12 credits of externship work while in law school. Students undertaking externships in D.C. or L.A. can also take courses from ASU Law professors. You must have a minimum of 28 credits in order to participate in any externship. All externships earn pass/fail credits, and a total of 19 pass/fail credits may be applied towards graduation.

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Through externships, our students engage in substantial legal work with Judges from across the country, including 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, and federal and state regulatory agencies; Cities, including Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale and Peoria; or in non-profit settings such as Community Legal Services, The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Children's Project, Phoenix Children's Hospital, and national and international NGOs and think tanks. Simultaneously, the work students perform often provides greatly needed legal assistance to non-profit and governmental agencies and their clients.

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For more information about externships, contact Kelle Andrews, Director of Externships at 480-965-1035.

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Externing in Washington, D.C.

ASU Law offers a unique opportunity to students who are interested in legal experience in Washington, D.C. With access to federal agencies, NGOs, non-profits, law firms, and more, the externship experiences available in Washington, D.C. cover many different types of law practice and areas of legal interest. From the ACLU to Congressional Committees to international law firms to research institutions and more, anything you want to do, you can find in D.C.

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Externing in Los Angeles

ASU Law also offers a special program for second- and third-year law students who seek legal experience in the Los Angeles, California area. The LA Externship Program helps students acquire expertise in important legal areas, obtain real-world experience, and develop relationships that are invaluable assets to new attorneys as they enter legal practice.

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.

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