If no available clinic or externship offers the experience you're looking for, you may propose your own independent placement. If you are considering an independent placement, you should review the law school's Externship Policy to determine whether your proposed externship qualifies. To comply with the policy, you must have a faculty sponsor and a host agency that is a public or not-for-profit agency or organization. You must identify a supervising attorney at the host agency. A three-credit externship requires you to work a minimum of 12 hours per week at the host agency, maintain a journal, and meet every other week with your faculty advisor.
An externship that does not comply with any aspect of the policy must be approved by the full faculty after review by the Curriculum Committee. In special circumstances, when truly unusual and valuable opportunities have presented themselves, students have obtained approval of externships outside the specific provisions of the policy.
Once you have secured an externship, you must submit the Externship and Practicum Enrollment Form 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.
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Through Villanova Law's Summer Externship Program, you can earn 3 academic credits by working during the summer in a judicial chambers, government office, non-profit organization, or private firm.
To be eligible for summer externship credit, you must attend the Summer Externship Orientation, which is held each May. Additional details about the Summer Externship Orientation will be posted as the summer approaches.