Supervised Externship Program

Check out our twitter page @AUwclExternship ! We tweet about externship and internship opportunities! Our twitter page is open so you don't need a twitter account to view our tweets. Please note that many of the employers that regularly hire our students for extenships and internship do not send us job postings; therefore, the postings we tweet about do not reflect the vast amount of employers looking for interns every semester. For that reason, students should use our Externship Database as the primary source for finding externships and internships.




Among the many advantages of studying law in Washington, D.C. is the opportunity to integrate practical experience with the theory of the classroom. The WCL Externship Program provides students the opportunity to receive academic credit for substantive legal work and to reflect on their experience through seminars conducted by a broad cross-section of WCL full time and adjunct faculty.

During their study at WCL, students can earn a maximum of six credits for field placements and six credits for seminar/supervision. Students must enroll in one seminar credit AND one field credit every time they extern.

Through the program, students find innumerable opportunities to gain valuable on-the-job experience by participating in fieldwork placements within any:

  • federal, state or local government agency,
  • federal, state, or administrative court/tribunal
  • not-for-profit organization, or,
  • law firm, only if they are assigned exclusively to pro bono projects

To maximize the learning opportunity of the fieldwork, students must be supervised by an attorney and must be engaged in substantive legal work. The sponsoring organization must agree to offer students the educational experience and work assignments they would receive as a beginning lawyer at that organization. To optimize the experience, students must work on site and may not work remotely.

The Honorable Stephanie Duncan-Peters meets with her extern
The Honorable Stephanie Duncan-Peters meets with her extern

The Externship Program enables students to explore various career options and other facets of becoming a lawyer, providing direction and insight for their postgraduate legal careers. The fieldwork experience is enhanced by the close supervision they receive from our faculty members by enrolling in one of a wide variety of externship seminars. Externship students must enroll in an externship seminar at WCL in conjunction with their fieldwork. The seminars are taught by full-time faculty and adjunct faculty who are leading practitioners in their respective fields. These seminars provide the forum for analysis of the fieldwork experiences through class discussion, reflective writing, and small group meetings.

Where have our students externed?