In the dual degree program you have access to the vast educational resources available in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. These include the consortium of universities' libraries, federal agencies, associations, and embassies. Numerous opportunities exist for internships, externships, and field placements through the university's Cooperative Education Program and the Washington College of Law's Externship Program.
Through WCL, students can secure a variety of externship placements at agencies such as the Department of Justice, DC Public Defender Service, and local state prosecutor offices. WCL's Clinical Program provides students the opportunity to represent actual clients. In the Criminal Justice Clinic and Domestic Violence Clinic student attorneys assist clients in criminal cases.
The university and the law school have a number of student groups whose activities you may find of interest. At the law school, there are five law journals and number of student-edited briefs. Specific ones to note are the Administrative Law Review and Criminal Law Practitioner. Relevant WCL student organizations include the Student Bar Association, the Criminal Law Society, and the Juvenile Justice Society. As a student in the School of Public Affairs you may participate in the SPA Graduate Student Council and the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society.