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Students may extern in a legal or law-related setting for academic credit under the supervision of a licensed attorney, judge, legislator, certified mediator, or an individual otherwise qualified to supervise (the "field supervisor"). The Externship Field Supervisor Handbook covers the externship program’s educational objectives, summarizes academic requirements, and outlines field supervisors’ responsibilities. Externs will inform their Field Supervisors about the due date for the Field Supervisor's Evaluation form.
William & Mary's externship program is governed by both the American Bar Association’s Standards and Executive Committee Regulations of the Association of American Law Schools.
Types of Externships
William & Mary offers the following externships. Each externship credit requires 40 externship hours. All externships are offered during summer, fall, and spring semesters and are eligible for 1, 2, or 3 credits per semester, except as noted below. Externships with partisan political organizations or involving partisan political activities or lobbying are not eligible for externship credit. Externships with U.S. private, nonprofit organizations with IRS status other than 501(c)(3) status are not eligible for externship credit.
Federal Government Externship
Eligible placements include executive or legislative agencies, Congressional committees, and members of Congress.
Eligible placements include judges (including administrative law judges), hearing officers, courts, and organizations that provide research, educational, and management services to judges and courts.
Nonprofit Organization Externship
Eligible placements include civil legal services/legal aid organizations and U.S. private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations. Organizations outside the U.S. qualify if they are nonprofit organizations that would qualify for 501(c)(3) status if they were U.S. organizations. Externships with U.S. private, nonprofit organizations with IRS status other than 501(c)(3) are not eligible.
Private Practice/In House Counsel Externship
Eligible placements include solo practitioners, law firms, and in-house law departments of corporations and trade associations.
Eligible placements include state and local prosecutors.
Public Defender Externship
Eligible placements include federal, state, and local public defenders.
State/Local Government Externship
Eligible placements include state or local government agencies and offices, such as city/county attorneys; attorneys general; executive or legislative agencies; and state legislators. Placements with prosecutors and public defenders are covered by their respective externships described above.
U.S. Attorney Externship
Eligible placements include the civil or criminal divisions of U.S. Attorney offices.
Virginia Attorney General Externship
Eligible placements include the divisions and sections of that office.
Washington, DC, Semester Externship
12 credits, fall only, 3Ls only
Eligible placements include federal, state, and local government agencies, courts/judges, prosecutors, public defenders, legal aid offices, or 501(c)(3) organizations in Washington, DC, or the Northern Virginia or Maryland suburbs of DC.
To arrange an externship
Please contact Robert E. Kaplan, Associate Dean, at email@example.com or 757-221-3804, if your organization is interested in arranging an externship.