• Externships

    Gain valuable field training

    Externships provide you with opportunities to practice law by doing legal work in tandem with an attorney or judge mentor in private law firms, courts, corporations, government agencies, and other settings. While earning academic credit, you interview and counsel clients, do legal research, draft memoranda and other legal documents, conduct factual investigation, and, at times, advocate in court as a certified student attorney

    Classroom component

    Concurrently, you also participate in classroom sessions with your peers in externships in similar legal disciplines. These small group sessions, facilitated by experienced practitioners and educators, give you opportunities to discuss your experiences and expand your understanding of the challenges inherent in a legal career. You also complete a series of reflective assignments to support this learning and further integrate the "theory-to-practice" goals of externships.

    Externship Offerings

    A variety of factors determines when particular subject matter externships can be offered; however the following has been the “usual” schedule.

    Fall Externships Spring Externships
    • Criminal Law
    • Dispute Resolution
    • Health Law
    • Immigration Law
    • Judicial
    • Private Attorney
    • Public Interest
     
    • Business Law
    • Criminal Law
    • Health Law
    • Judicial
    • Legislative and Lobbying
    • Private Attorney
     

    Before registration each semester, this page is updated to include information about the availability of specific externships for the coming semester. 

    You can also identify your own placement site, however, it must be approved in advance, and generally cannot be a site where you have previously worked. Contact the Externship Office as soon as possible if you are thinking about a self-initiated externship placement. Externship placements can be out of town as long as you are able to attend the corresponding class at Hamline, which meets five to seven times during the semester. Please note, externships provide valuable learning opportunities and are unpaid. 

    If your externship involves advocating on behalf of clients in court, please complete the Student Certification for Limited Practice form.

    Fall 2014 Available Placements

    Career Services support

    Our externship program works in close collaboration with our Career Services Office (CSO) and supports you throughout the term to ensure a positive experience. This also helps CSO officers gain a richer understanding of your interests and experiences prior to assisting you with post-graduation career placements.

    Available credits

    You can earn 3 to 6 credits for an externship, working between 114 to 225 hours at your externship site. You may participate in the externship program twice, for no more than 15 credits total between all externships and Semester-in-Practice placements.

    Registration Information

    You can register for an externship after completing 24 credits in good standing. P3 or Professional Responsibility is a prerequisite or co-requisite for all externships, except judicial. Other specific coursework prerequisites are detailed in the online descriptions of available placement sites. After registering, you can rank order your preferences for the available placements in each practice area.

    Spring/Fall Externships
    You apply during regular registration periods by substantive area of the externship (e.g., public interest, criminal, etc.). After application, you are sent a preference form to help ensure placement at an acceptable field site.

    Summer Externships
    Unlike spring and fall externships, you find your own placement site for a summer externship. We highly recommend you begin this process and submit applications early. The application form for summer externships is generally available in Symplicity in March for the following summer.

    Employers: Want to become an Attorney Mentor?

    Attorneys who are interested in serving as mentors for current Hamline Law students complete an online Attorney Mentor Questionnaire. The questionnaire is used to prepare a written description of the mentors' proposed field experience which students use when they prioritize their placement preferences. Responses also assist the Hamline Externship Office in its matching of students with particular placements.