UC Irvine School of Law places a strong emphasis on experiential learning and offers various opportunities for students to provide legal services directly to the community. A key component is the Externship Program, which provides academic credit for students doing legal work for judges, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

In addition to working a minimum number of hours in their placement, students will need to complete a classroom component and other academic requirements in order to earn credit. Most externship credit will be graded credit/no credit.

Important Note:

All students who plan to extern for the first time in Summer 2016 must attend a mandatory orientation. This orientation will take place on Tuesday, April 12th at 10:00am-1:00pm in EDU 1131. If this is your first externship, you must attend in order to earn credit for your work.

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Program Goals

The UCI Law Externship Program's primary goals and the methods employed to achieve those goals include:

  • Further developing the student's professional identity through participating in, and reflecting upon, the work of legal institutions;
  • Increasing the student's understanding of the fundamental values of the legal profession including a commitment to a broad view of problem solving, promoting access to justice, and an ongoing process of self-growth through practice, feedback and reflection;
  • Further developing the student's understanding of professional responsibility through observation of, and participation in legal practice;
  • Improving the student's research, writing and analytic skills through drafting documents such as bench memoranda, legal memoranda, pleadings and orders upon which students are expected to receive detailed feedback;
  • Improving the student's oral advocacy skills through observation of legal practitioners making such presentations and engaging in informal presentations themselves; and
  • Increasing the student's knowledge of substantive law thorough work on legal issues on behalf of the placement organization.

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