Externship Program

Externship Program

Judicial Externship

Laws # 791A

Students enrolled in the Judicial Externship have the opportunity to work with federal or state judges. They will be exposed to the work of the federal or state judiciary by working directly with the judges and their law clerks. Typically, students will have the opportunity to observe court proceedings and conferences in chambers with the guidance of the supervising judge. The student may also assist the judges and the law clerks in research and drafting documents such as bench memoranda, jury instructions, and opinions. Students may be expected to provide the judge with analysis of court proceedings and proffer opinions regarding their observations.

In addition to their work at the court, students must attend a companion course that explores the role of the judiciary and to reflect upon their fieldwork experiences.

During the academic year students must work a minimum of 8 hours per week for thirteen weeks. The course is two credit hours and it is letter graded.

During the summer students must work a minimum of 30 hours per week for seven weeks. The course is four credit hours and it is letter graded.

Students are required to take Professional Responsibility in advance or concurrently with this course. It is strongly recommended that students enroll in Evidence in advance or concurrently with this course.

Previous placements include:


Supreme Court

Court of Appeals

State Trial Court

Family Court

Masters in Equity

Probate Court

Magistrate's Court

Administrative Law Court

Workers' Compensation Commission


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Federal District Court

U.S. Federal Magistrate Court

U.S. Bankruptcy Court