Externships


In addition to enrolling in cutting-edge courses, the LL.M. Program's location in Washington, D.C. provides unparalleled learning opportunities through externships (volunteer legal work for academic credit). Externships are a critical way to fuse the classroom experience at Washington College of Law with the greater Washington, D.C. classroom. Students can engage in legal work in a number of organizations in the D.C. area.* Fieldwork experience is enhanced by regular advising sessions with the externship professor and supervising attorney. Externships expand a student's network of contacts and provide hands-on experience in a specialized area of interest.

Students obtain externships in a variety of ways, including applying for positions listed in the Law School's regularly updated Externship Database, applying directly to organizations of interest, attending WCL's annual Externship Fair, and working with the Program's faculty and staff to identify organizations of interest.

Both U.S. trained students and international students can engage in externships or internships in a variety of non-profit, advocacy, international organizations, and government agencies. Information on the number of credits for an externship and the process for finding one can be found in the individual LL.M. Program's student handbook.

*International students on an F-1 or J-1 visa may be subject to limitations regarding externships and internships. Please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for more complete details.

Current students may register for an externship online at www.wcl.american.edu/llm/externship.