The externship program at The University of Tulsa College of Law offers 2L and 3L students the opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining practical, live client experience in the field. Students work in a legal setting under the supervision of a licensed attorney or judge while also taking a contemporaneous academic course, which provides the opportunity for reflection and additional substantive knowledge.
Opportunities exist in a broad range of civil and criminal litigation, as well as transactional law. In addition to the many placement opportunities provided by the College of Law, students can secure their own placement (subject to approval) or work directly with the director to create an experience tailored to the student’s individual preferences.
Advantages for Students
- Externships provide the opportunity to move from thinking like a lawyer in the classroom to thinking like a lawyer in a practice setting.
- Obtain significant experience and knowledge in a specialized area of law through practical experience augmented by classroom learning
- Enhance research, writing, and analytical skills
- Develop professional skills including client service, case responsibility and management, application of ethical and legal principles in practice, and networking with legal professionals
- Acquire lawyering skills by working with clients and solving real problems
- Earn the ability to present themselves to future employers as “practice-ready”
Types of Placements Available
- Federal, state, and tribal courts
- Law firms
- Government agencies
- Non-profit organizations
- Corporate legal departments and other companies
Exposure to Different Areas of Law
|Criminal Law and Procedure||International Law|
|Entertainment Law||Native American Law|
|Environmental Law||Public Interest/Social Justice|
|Estate Planning||Public Policy|
|Foundations/Trusts||Real Estate Transactions|
|Family Law/Child Advocacy||Social Security Law|
|Government Affairs||Tax Law|
|Health Law||Trial Advocacy|
Opportunities are available locally and throughout the country. Full-semester out-of-state placements are available during the summers and/or the last semester of the 3L year.