Field Placements (Externships)

Externships offer an opportunity for second-year and third-year students to earn academic credit while working in outside law offices or judicial chambers. Externships enable students to explore legal work in the South Bend or other cities, including Chicago and Washington, D.C., that may not otherwise be available through clinics or other courses. Externship students participate in faculty-led seminars and other activities to help them reflect on their field experiences.

Notre Dame offers a wide variety of externship offerings that allow students to work in the field for as little as a half day per week or as much as four days per week. Many externships are subject-specific. On the other hand, several of our externship courses – the Lawyering Practice Externship, the Corporate Counsel Externship, the ND Law in Chicago program, and the ND Law in D.C. program – allow students to spend one, two, or four days per week in nearly any non-profit, governmental law office, court, or corporate counsel office of the student’s choosing. The opportunities are nearly limitless.

Many positions are eligible for the externship programs. For Lawyering Practice Externship, the ND Law in Chicago and ND Law in D.C. programs, students are free to choose from a list of existing placement sites or identify opportunities in consultation with Professor Bob Jones, Associate Dean for Experiential Programs. For the Corporate Counsel Externship, students should choose from among a selection of pre-approved sites.

Externship opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • ND Law in Chicago
  • ND Law in D.C.
  • Lawyering Practice Externship
  • Public Defender Externship
  • Wrongful Conviction Externship
  • National Immigrant Justice Center Externship
  • Intercollegiate Athletics Externship
  • Seventh Circuit Practice Externship
  • Corporate Counsel Externship
  • Judicial Externship
  • Appalachia Externship