William and Mary Law School


You can go out (without going out on a limb)

Through externships students work in a legal or law-related setting for academic credit.  Externships combine the benefits of earning academic credit, gaining practical experience, and developing professional contacts.  The Student Externship Manual, which includes registration and academic requirements, is on MyLaw. 

The externship program is governed by both the American Bar Association’s Standards and Executive Committee Regulations of the Association of American Law Schools.

Externship Opportunities

We offer dozens of pre-approved externship opportunities. See the pre-approved list on MyLaw. You also can arrange an externship through your own contacts (subject to approval by the Associate Dean of Externships) or through a referral provided by the Associate Dean of Externships.

Types of Externships

We offer the following types of externships:

  • Federal Government Externships with executive or legislative agencies of the U.S. government and Congressional committees or members of Congress (excluding partisan political work). 
  • Judicial Externships with judges, courts, and organizations that provide research, educational, and management services to judges and courts
  • Nonprofit Organization Externships with civil legal services/legal aid organizations, private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations and other non-profit organizations that primarily serve low-income clients
  • Private Practice and In-house Counsel Externships with solo practitioners, law firms, in-house law departments of corporations, and trade associations.
  • Prosecutor Externships with state and local prosecutors
  • Public Defender Externships with federal, state, and local public defenders
  • State and Local Government Externships with city or county attorneys, attorneys general, and executive or legislative agencies
  • U.S. Attorney Externships with civil or criminal divisions of U.S. Attorney offices
  • Virginia Attorney General Externships