Lawyering Practice Externship


The Lawyering Practice Externship Course allows students to perform 8-12 hours of legal work per week in any nonprofit legal organization or governmental agency 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. 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 (Corporate Counsel Externship, Judicial Externship, 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.

For more information about the course, existing placement sites, or the application process, please contact Externship Coordinator Cathy Kustner at or 574-631-9301. 

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For more information contact Cathy Kustner, externship coordinator, P: 574-631-9301, F: 574-631-6755,