University of California, 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, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

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.

Externships in the News

Externship Profiles in Practice

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D’lorah L. Hughes
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