Program Overview

  • Classroom Component - 1 unit
    Orientation - mandatory, two days prior to the first day of classes for the semester
  • Spring 2013- January 8th & 9th.
  • Fall 2013 – August 15th & 16th
  • Pre- or Co-Requisite Requirement - 2 to 3 units
    Complete course from the approved list, prior to or during the externship semester
  • Fieldwork Component - 3 to 9 units
    Full time externs - minimum of 12 weeks for at least 35 hours per week
    Part-time externs – minimum of 12 weeks, work 45 hours per unit 
How Do I Obtain an Externship?
  • Students must have completed 3 semesters and have a 2.8 GPA
  • Choose the  Courts and Judges you may want to apply to
  • Prepare your application 
  • Consider State or Federal court, trial or appellate or administrative
  • Review the Courts and Judges where prior externs worked
  • Review the surveys completed by prior externs describing their experiences (available in the Externships and Pro Bono Programs Office)
  • Determine your top five placements, those you would be excited to accept if offered
  • Timing – apply early in the semester prior to the semester you want to extern
  • Review the online application for the Northern District of California – only submit to judges who have stated a preference for the online application
  • For all other courts, submit the following:
-cover letter (specific to each Judge you apply to);
-writing sample (5-10 pages);
-list of three references (not letters of recommendation)
  • Send applications to first round placements
  • If unsuccessful, send application to second round placements
  • Once you have obtained an externship, confirm eligibility for enrollment with Professor Nancy Stuart
  • Enroll in classroom and fieldwork components through WebAdvisor
For More Information or to Confirm Your Externship
Contact Nancy Stuart, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning.