​​​​​Our extensive programs provide students a range of opportunities to obtain practical experience in a wide variety of legal and judicial settings part time or full time. Our goal is to provide opportunities for students to develop lawyering skills, learn substantive law, and engage in critical reflection about the legal profession, their legal career, and their priorities and values as lawyers and individuals through supervised field experiences and a contemporaneous seminar.

 
 

Full-Time JD Externship Program (Semester in Practice)

The Semester in Practice Program is a field-based external clinic in which students apprentice (without pay) with lawyers in all areas of practice. The SiP is appropriate for students interested in self-directed learning under the supervision of an experienced mentor. Field mentors are experienced lawyers who work with and within government (state, federal, and local), NGOs, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and law firms. The SiP provides an opportunity-through observation, participation, practice, and reflection-to improve students' legal knowledge and skills and to inform and expand their vision of what the practice and profession of law can be.

Judicial Externship Program

The Judicial Externship Program is a field-based external clinic in which students apprentice (without pay) in judicial chambers. The Judicial Externship is appropriate for students interested in self-directed learning under the supervision of an experienced judge and judicial clerk. The Judicial Externship will provide students the opportunity to learn about the process of judicial decision making by observing the function of a particular court while thinking about the management and administration of the court system. The Judicial Externship provides students the opportunity to develop writing, research, and analytical skills.

Part-Time JD Externship Program

The Part-time JD Externship Program is a field-based externship in which students apprentice (without pay) with lawyers in all areas of practice. The Part-time Externship Program is appropriate for students interested in self-directed learning under the supervision of an experienced mentor. Field mentors are experienced lawyers who work with and within government (state, federal, and local), NGOs, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and law firms. The Part-time JD Externship provides students an opportunity to participate in a range of lawyering tasks so that they develop an improved understanding of the legal process and of legal problems at all stages of resolution.

From observing Jim Witkin, I learned what it was like to be a lawyer before I was one. He made the projects I did meaningful.

Jessica Werber ’07,SiP Location: Linowes and Blocher LLP, Bethesda, Maryland