Welcome to the Externship Program


Although WCL normally requires externs and attorney supervisors to work on-site, this requirement has been waived until further notice. To ensure that our externs are meeting the ABA Standards for feedback, supervision and opportunities for performance, WCL has drafted supplemental policies specific to remote externships which can be reviewed here. Please consider these supplemental policies to be incorporated into the Field Placement Agreement.
Further, students may be able to work onsite (or combine working remotely with working on-site) if certain requirements are met. At a minimum, field placements permitting externs to work onsite must have a plan in place that will permit students to work remotely should the workplace shut down mid-semester.
Please contact the Externship Office (externship@wcl.american.edu) with any questions or for additional details.

Opening the Door to Your Legal Career

The Externship Program at American University Washington College of Law provides over 350 students a year with the opportunity to gain practical, hand-on legal experience with government agencies, public interest organizations, courts and law firms engaged in pro bono work. The law school’s location in Washington, D.C., and its proximity to governmental and non-governmental organizations ensures that the Externship Program can provide students with a wide variety of exciting and valuable work experiences. AUWCL also offers externship across the United States and abroad.