The law school has over 50 approved externship placements, covering a broad range of practice areas. If you cannot find the type of experience you are looking for among our approved placements, you may secure your own independent externship placement. Feel free to stop by the Director of Experiential Learning’s Office, 176, with questions.
How to Apply
Symplicity: For some externships, submit an application to the externship host much like you would submit an application to a prospective employer. We regularly post these externship opportunities – check often.
Novasis: Some semester externships are gained by registering via Novasis. Like classes, participants will be selected for these externships based on the order in which they registered. The externships for which you are permitted to apply in this manner are:
- DA Philadelphia
- Defender Association of Philadelphia
- Montgomery County Public Defender
- Villanova Capital Defense Practicum
Judicial Externship Lottery: Each year, more than thirty esteemed members of the Bench in the greater Philadelphia region actively participate in Villanova Law's long-standing Judicial Externship Lottery. In this program, interested students are matched, via a lottery, with participating judges. To participate in the lottery, students must submit an application via Symplicity. The application deadlines are generally as follows:
- Summer: End of February
- Fall: End of April
- Spring: End of September
Specific application deadlines will appear in a Symplicity posting.
Students not participating in the lottery, or who participate but are not matched with a Judge, are encouraged to seek a judicial externship independently, and apply for academic credit. For more information regarding judicial externships, see here.
How to Enroll
Once you have secured an externship, whether by applying to the externship host, applying through Novasis, or by participating in the judicial externship lottery, you must submit the Externship and Practicum Enrollment Application for approval to be enrolled in the externship. If approved, you should make any necessary adjustments to your course schedule and then contact the Registrar to be enrolled. If you have any questions regarding whether a placement site is appropriate for the award of academic credit, please ask the Director of Experiential Education.