Avis Sanders

Director of the Externship Program

Office: Room 411
Phone: 202-274-4072
E-mail: vCard


Avis L. Sanders is the Director of the Externship Program at the American University Washington College of Law where she teaches an externship seminar, and oversees more than 25 externship seminars each year. She is the Co-Chair of the AALS Section on Externships. From 1990 to 2002, she practiced employment discrimination law at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. She directed the Committee’s EEO Intake Project and worked as a staff attorney on a number of its individual and class action employment discrimination cases. In addition, she chaired the Tripartite Group, a coalition of plaintiff attorneys, agency representatives and EEOC administrative judges who worked together to improve the federal sector EEO complaint process. She holds a J.D. from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law and a B.A. from American University. She recently contributed a chapter on “Externships and Career Planning” to the second edition of Learning From Practice.



Currently Teaching

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Degrees & Universities

  • B.A., American University
  • J.D., Benjamin Cardozo School of Law

  • + Selected Publications

    • Avis Sanders, Externships and Career Planning, in Learning from Practice, A Professional Development Text for Legal Externs (2d., West Publg. 2007).