Don't know where to get started? consider the following questions:
What kind of experience are you looking for?
Check out where our students have externed in the past .
What areas of substantive law do you want to explore?
Explore some of the practice areas that you might be interested in.
Was there a course you took that you found particularly interesting?
If you do not have a particular substantive area in mind, consider courses that you found interesting and why they interested you. Would you consider exploring these areas of law through an externship?
What kind of experience or skills do you want to gain or improve?
Some externships will focus on legal research and writing skills, while others may focus more on interviewing clients and offering direct services. Think about the skills you want to gain or improve and the types of experiences you want to have, whether it is drafting policies or talking to clients, and try to focus your search on those aspects.
Keep in mind that your actual tasks and responsibilities are as important as the substantive area you are working in. For example, if you are interested in having client contact in the immigration law area, you will probably be disappointed in an externship at an immigration policy organization.
Where to look for a field placement
The Externship Database
The Externship Program Field Placement Database contains listings from organizations that have requested a legal extern from WCL or that have sponsored a law student through the Externship Program.
Employers listed in the Externship Database include:
Government agencies on the local, state, and federal levels
Not-for-profit organizations (including public interest organizations, lobbying groups, trade associations)
Courts and judicial institutions (including administrative tribunals; and local, state, and federal courts)
Law firms that are engaged in pro bono projects
Note that the Externship Database is not the same as CareerLink, which is offered by OCPD. The Externship Database primarily lists places where WCL students have externed in the past.
For more information on how to use the Externship Database click here.
Practice Area Lists
The Externship Program has developed lists of externship field placements by practice area. They are available on the Externship Program's MyWCL page and they are available outside Yuma 413.
List of Practice Areas: