Unique Opportunities

In addition to a variety of classroom learning opportunities, Advocacy LL.M. students can take advantage of opportunities outside the classroom for credit. All non-classroom options are subject to the approval of the student's LL.M. advisor.

Externship Placements

Among the many advantages of pursuing an LL.M. in Washington, D.C. is the opportunity to gain practical legal experience. Through externships, students receive academic credit for substantive legal work. Eligible externships include:

  • Federal, state, or local government agencies
  • Federal, state, or administrative courts/tribunals
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Law firms (students must be assigned to pro bono projects)

Each student has the option of finding and securing an externship with an office of their choice, often with the assistance of their LL.M. directors. Alternatively, the Program administers a unique seminar and externship at the Public Defender Services (PDS) in Washington, D.C. focusing on indigent client representation and litigation skills.

Mock Trial Coaching

Advocacy LL.M. students may choose to co-coach a mock trial team for credit. WCL typically fields six teams each semester to compete in national mock trial competitions. Through this opportunity, LL.M. students work closely with JD students in order to prepare them to succeed in their competitions.

Professional Writing

Advocacy LL.M. students may complete a research paper of publishable quality for credit related to advocacy or litigation. Students work with a faculty advisor to select a topic and edit the paper.


Advocacy LL.M. students have the exceptional opportunity to co-teach a course for credits of independent study. LL.M. students perform tasks such as assisting in student critiques, reviewing video recordings of student simulations one-on-one with the JD student, and helping JD students make better use of courtroom technology.