UC Hastings Externships give students opportunities to develop their legal skills under close supervision at approved governmental or public interest law offices. In addition to working in the placements, students co-enroll in a faculty taught course designed to enhance the placement experience. Faculty also monitor placements to ensure their quality as learning experiences. Students assume real-world responsibilities and develop professional contacts and relationships in contexts identical to those in which they may eventually practice.
The Alternative Dispute Resolution [ADR] Externship
The ADR Externship puts students to work at a dispute resolution center, court program, non-profit, or company so they can see ADR in action. The ADR Externship is a course for advanced dispute resolution students who want an integrated learning experience, combining work at a placement site with an academic seminar. Students have an opportunity to engage in various ADR-related activities, including process observations, practice group meetings, research and writing on complex topics, system design and evaluation, analysis of procedures and policies, access to ADR programs, best practices, and conducting actual mediations. ADR professionals supervise students at the placement site.
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Judicial Externship Program
UC Hastings has one of the most extensive judicial externship programs in the country. Students work with federal and state court judges at the trial and appellate levels and administrative law judges at a variety of federal and state agencies. UC Hastings' location in San Francisco's Civic Center is within a few blocks of this extensive array of court settings. Each year, about 120 students spend a semester as a judicial extern. Students work full or part-time in judicial chambers on legal research memos and judicial opinions under the supervision of judges and their postgraduate or permanent law clerks. The externship promotes the improvement of analytical, research, and writing skills in a real-life, real-time context that requires students to exercise professional judgment on a daily basis.
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Legal Externship Program
The Legal Externship Program provides students with the opportunity to participate in an approved externship program at a government agency or non-profit legal organization. The intent of the Legal Externship Program is to address the gap between our clinical course offerings and a student’s desire to obtain supervised direct legal experience in a particular practice area or setting not otherwise available.
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