Program Requirements

All students considering an externship should review the law school's externship policy. This policy governs the approval of externship placements, and sets the requirements a student must satisfy to earn academic credit through an externship.  The law school has also developed administrative procedures to give effect to the provisions of the Externship Policy.  This page provides an overview of the curricular rules and administrative procedures that apply to externships.

Gaining Approval for Your Independent Externship

  • The proposed externship must be with a government office, judicial chambers, nonprofit organization, in-house legal department or private law firms.
  • The experience must be of the type of work that lawyers do. Please see the externship policy,  paragraph 7, for examples of the type of work that qualifies.
  • You must be supervised by an attorney as the Field Instructor at the externship placement.
  • A faculty member must agree to serve as your Advising Faculty Member.
  • Once you accept an offer from the externship host, submit the online form to obtain permission to enroll in the externship.  If you have any questions regarding whether a placement will qualify before you pursue an offer, please contact Matthew McGovern, Director of Experiential Learning.  You must submit this form by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the drop/add period ends.
  • Please note that many pre-approved placements are available on Novasis and Symplicity.  See the course descriptions on the Approved Placements page for more information.

Completing Your Externship

  • You must complete the minimum required hours for the placement.
  • You must complete the Experiential Learning Objectives Worksheet.
  • You must maintain a journal reflecting on your experience. Your Advising Faculty Member will provide you with instructions on submitting your journal.
  • Judicial externs must attend classroom meetings with their faculty advisor for a minimum of one hour approximately every other week during the externship.
  • Non-Judicial externs must meet with their Advising Faculty Member for a minimum of one hour four times during the externship and must attend four classroom meetings organized by the Director of Experiential Learning during the externship.
  • You must submit an hours log, Field Instructor Final Report, and Course Evaluation at the conclusion of the externship. These forms are available on the Forms & Documents page. Both forms are due on or before the last day of classes.
  • Your Advising Faculty Member may have additional requirements.

Financial Aid Information Form

to be filled out and turned in to the Office of Financial Aid if you need aid during a summer externship

Questions About Externships?

Contact Matthew McGovern
Director of Experiential Learning

Tel: 610-519-3893
Office: Room 158

Check our FAQs page

Summer Externships


Summer Externship Program participants can earn three (3) academic credits through guided and close learning experiences with practitioners in judicial chambers, government offices, non-profit organizations, corporate legal departments and private firms.  

    To gain academic credit, each participant attends an Orientation in May that is taught by legal research and writing faculty as well as the Director of Experiential Learning. Online class meetings in June and July facilitate student reflection on their work experiences.  Additional details about summer externship activities are posted on the "Summer Externships" page.