Lawyering Practice Externship


The Lawyering Practice Externship Course allows students to perform 8-12 hours of legal work per week in in any court, governmental agency, nonprofit organization, or in-house corporate counsel office while participating in a companion weekly seminar. Students earn three credits (two of which are fieldwork credits) for an eight hour weekly field placement or four credits (three of which are fieldwork credits) for a 12 hour weekly field placement.

Placements must involve substantial legal work under the careful supervision of an attorney or judge. Placements are typically in the Michiana area, but students are free to choose placements in other regional cities including Chicago and Indianapolis. Students may not choose placements already offered in existing local externship courses (St. Joseph County Public Defender, South Bend office of the National Immigrant Justice Center, Notre Dame Athletic Department or athletics compliance within Notre Dame’s General Counsel’s Office). All placements must be approved by the instructor and must be finalized before a student may enroll in the course.

Students are encouraged to review the Lawyering Practice Externship (LPE) listings on Symplicity and also to be proactive in identifying other potential externship sites. To find LPE listings on Symplicity, students should log into Symplicity; choose the Jobs tab; choose All Job Postings in the drop-down; then choose the Lawyering Practice Externship tab. Students are not limited to sites listed on Symplicity.

Informational Documents