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 contact Matt McGovern with questions.
How to Apply
Symplicity: Some externship opportunities are annouced through Symplicity, the Law School's electronic job posting system. Application instructions are included and you submit your résumé and other application materials much like you would submit an application to a prospective employer. We regularly post these externship opportunities – check often. Externships secured this way do not automatically appear on your course schedule. When you receive an offer from an externship host organization, you must submit the externship enrollment application available via the link at the bottom of this page.
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
Employment Fairs and On-Campus Interviews: Some externships are secured through interviews or other contacts made at employment fairs held at the Law School and other sites in Philadelphia. Externships secured this way do not automatically appear on your course schedule. When you receive an offer from an externship host organization, you must submit the externship enrollment application available via the link at the bottom of this page.
Judicial Externship Lottery: Each year, more than twenty 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 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 May
- 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
Externships secured through NOVASIS will automatically appear on your course schedule. When you secure an externship through one of the opther methods listed above, you must submit the Externship Enrollment Application for approval to be enrolled in the externship. Once approved, the Director of Experiential Learning will communicate with the Registrar to make sure the externship is added to your course load for the semester. After the externship is added to your course load, you may make other adjustments to your course schedule until the end of teh Add/Drop period. If you have any questions regarding whether a placement site is appropriate for the award of academic credit, please contact Matthew McGovern, Director of Experiential Learning.