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Externship Program Overview

The vision of Thurgood Marshall Law School is to graduate students that are both “practice ready” and also “client ready”.  By offering a comprehensive Externship Program, students at Thurgood Marshall are afforded the opportunity to enhance their legal writing skills; gain firsthand knowledge of specific areas of substantive and procedural law; observe professional responsibility and ethics in practice in “live” situations; and obtain and refine   professional skills while working with a wide range of professionals involved in the legal profession.  Students in the externship program are also encouraged to engage in professional networking opportunities that will afford them the ability to form professional networks and professional relationships prior to graduating that will serve to ease their transition from law student to newly licensed attorney.

The Externship Program is restricted to third-year students and each student is limited to one externship opportunity per law school career.  Each externship assignment has a field placement practicum and a class room component. Each externship lasts for one semester.

The Externship Program supports the mission of the law school by affording a diverse population of students the opportunity to wed high quality doctrinal legal training with substantially enhanced “live” experiences that result from the student’s participation in: legal analysis and critical thinking skills as applied to “real” legal cases; legal writing for Senior Attorneys and Judges; live litigation; in person observation of judicial processes; direct client interviewing and interactions; observation of professional ethics and professional responsibility applied in “live” situations; transactional work; and legislative processes.

Interested students apply for participation in the Externship Program by completing the Externship Application.  Along with the application, the extern applicant must submit the following: a current resume′; a current writing sample; a statement of intent; a current transcript; a passport photograph; and a copy of their driver’s license.  Once tendered, the extern applicant schedules an interview with the Coordinator of Experiential Learning. 

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