Frequently Asked Questions
1. What kind of placement is eligible for credit?
The GULC Faculty has approved the award of credit for field placements with judicial, government or non-profit offices.
2. When can I participate in an externship?
Any student who has successfully completed one year of full or part-time study is eligible to participate in the externship program.
3. May I get paid for my externship and receive credit from the program?
No. Students may not receive financial compensation and earn credit for time spent at their placement.
4. What is the cost of the summer externship program?
For full time students, there is no charge for the summer externship program. For Evening Division students, regular tuition rates apply.
5. I tried to register for the externship, but it's not showing up on my schedule.
Students who wish to enroll in the externship should complete the on-line application that can be accessed through the JD Externship web site. Once an application has been approved, the student's name will be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar.
6. How should I rank the class during preregistration so that I can be sure that I get selected?
You do not need to rank the Externship Program because you cannot register yourself for the class. While there is no cap on the number of students who may enroll in the Externship Program, there is an enrollment cap on the seminar component of the program.
7. Can I sign up before I have a placement?
Students should secure a placement prior to submitting an application.
8. The office where I want to work hasn't given me a decision yet, and I missed the application deadline.
Students awaiting a decision should meet with the Externship Director to discuss a registration strategy.
9. How many hours do I need to work?
During the academic year, the Law Center requires that students work at least 15 hours per week for a minimum of 11 weeks for an award of 3 field placement credits, or at least 10 hours per week for a minimum of 11 weeks for 2 field placement credits.
10. How many weeks do I need to work?
Students are required to spend at least 11 weeks at their placements during the academic year, and at least six weeks during the summer. These placement credits are graded pass/fail.
11. What if the placement requires more than 15 hours per week?
A student will not receive credit for more than fifteen hours of field work per week.
12. Is there a class?
The Externship Program includes a 1 credit graded seminar that meets seven times over the course of the semester. The online application will ask you which section is applicable to your placement (e.g., Judicial Externship Seminar for a judicial externship). You will be matched according to availability. Please plan your other courses around this seminar time where possible.
13. What forms do I need to complete for Georgetown?
Forms can be found in the Useful Links page found on the right sidebar.
14. Can I work during finals?
Students must complete their hours at their placements by the end of classes so that they may devote adequate time to final papers and exams.
15. What if I work more than the required hours?
You are eligible to receive Pro Bono Pledge credit for up to 40 hours worked in excess of your 110 or 165 required externship hours. Students may sign up for the Pro Bono Pledge on line through the OPICS web site at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/careers/opics/pro-bono/pro_bono_pledge/index.cfm.
16. What if my placement requires me to provide certification of my student status?
Please submit such requests to the Office of the Registrar. The Registrar will require a signature to process the requests. The certification form can be found at http://www.law.georgetown.edu/campus-services/registrar/transcripts-certifications-bar-information/index.cfm. Signed requests can be mailed, faxed (202-662-9235), or scanned and emailed as a pdf file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
17. How can I check my hours?
On the home page of the time sheet form, there is a "Check Hours" tab at the top of the page.
18. I made a mistake on my time sheet, may I submit a correction?
The current form does not allow for resubmission. You may submit an amended record of your time with your final paper.
19. Can I take an externship and a practicum or clinic at the same time?
Due to competing time demands, a student may not undertake, in a single semester, more than one experiential learning opportunity, defined to include externships, fieldwork practicum courses, the D.C. Advantage Program, and clinics. Students may, however, concurrently take a project-based practicum course and an externship, unless otherwise stated in the curriculum guide. students should consult with the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education, Rachel Taylor, for additional information.
20. How can I withdraw from an Externship?
Please view the rules for withdrawing from a course described in the Withdrawing from Courses in the Upperclass Program of Study section of the Georgetown Law Student Handbook of Academic Policies. To withdraw from an externship after the add/drop period, students must complete a course Withdrawal request form and also obtain written permission from the Director of Externships and Public Interest Law Scholars and the Associate Dean for Experiential Education.
21. What if there is a federal holiday or a snow day?
Because the award of externship credit is based upon ABA guidelines, you must make up hours that you miss due to sick days, inclement weather or federal holidays.
22. What if I typically work on a day that the Law Center has a special schedule such as the days after the Faculty Retreat?
Please advise your supervisor of all Georgetown-specific holidays or calendar changes. You must make up any hours that you miss.
23. If I am externing during the spring semester, do I have to go to my placement during Spring Break or Faculty Retreat?
You should elect to go to your placement during one of these breaks from classes.
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