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.


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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