Externships at USD

Externship programs allow you to perform legal work under the supervision of a licensed attorney affiliated with a law firm, nonprofit organization or government agency. You will have the opportunity to do everything from judicial internships to various levels of client representation and courtroom practice. The externship is year-round, but you will work full-time during the summer semester at your externship placement.

Second-semester 2Ls and third-year students may participate in the program during the academic year, as well as during the summer after the second year. Summer participants will work full-time at their externship placement.

Externships may range from one to six credits, depending on the type and length of the externship. These credits count toward completion of the experiential learning requirement for graduation.

First-Year Summer Judicial Program

Law students who have completed their first year may apply to participate in this program. Working under the supervision of the Director for Experiential Learning and the judge, students will develop their legal research and writing skills, learn about litigation through courtroom observation and learn how judicial chambers operate. Students may earn up to three credits. Participation is limited to rising 2L students. Credits earned in this program are purely elective and may not be used to satisfy the experiential learning requirement for graduation.