Identifying a Placement
Students are responsible for finding and securing their own judicial, governmental, or nonprofit placements. Fortunately, by virtue of our location in the nation's capital, opportunities for eligible externship placements abound.
Tips on your search:
First, do some pre-planning. Generate a list of judicial, governmental, or nonprofit offices that interest you as possible field placements.
Second, check internal and external Law Center resources for externship listings.
Internal: Log onto Symplicity to scan the list of externship opportunities submitted by offices looking for law student externs. Symplicity also contains numerous student evaluations of various externship placement sites.
External: Search PSJD or Idealist for public sector opportunities. Search the USAJOBS website for opportunities at government agencies. Whenever available, search an agency's and/or organization's specific website for directions on how to apply for externship opportunities. Many agencies have well-developed externship programs with very specific application procedures. Follow any published procedures. If you do not see a listing for a specific office of interest, contact the office directly and ask about openings for legal externs.
Third, make an appointment:
In addition to contacting the J.D. Externship Program at firstname.lastname@example.org, you are encouraged to meet with an Office of Public Interest and Community Service (OPICS) advisor for guidance on nonprofit and government searches. Additionally, Office of Career Strategy advisors are available to support students interested in externing for a judge.
Finally, think about the areas of law that interest you and contact Law Center faculty in those areas to setup appointments to identify organizations that perform such work.