All students are responsible for finding their own placements. Through Symplicity, Graduate Careers manages a database of organizations where students have secured externships in past semesters. These employers have not agreed that they will necessarily take an LL.M. extern, but these are placements that we have concluded will meet the educational objectives of the program. Students may also secure a placement that is not pre-approved (known as a “student initiated placement” or “SIP”). Direct supervisors must be lawyers. ALL SIPs must be approved by the Office of Graduate Programs in order to receive credit.

The work must be legal in nature and performed under the direct supervision of a lawyer. 


  • If you are considering a placement at a law firm or other for-profit organization, your time and work cannot be billed to a client.
  • Students CANNOT receive any credit for an externship with an employer for whom the student has worked/interned in the past.

In addition to opportunities at private law firms, accounting firms and companies in the Washington, D.C. area, students have secured externships at:

  • American Bar Association
  • Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
  • Atlantic Council
  • DC Office of Tax and Revenue, Office of Chief Financial Officer
  • Department of Homeland Security, Office of General Counsel
  • Embassy of Mexico
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Foundation for International Community Assistance
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • International Bar Association
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Office of the US Secretary of Defense for Policy
  • Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
  • US House Ways and Means Committee – Health Subcommittee
  • US Securities and Exchange Commission
  • US Tax Court
  • US Treasury
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Legislative Service
  • The World Bank