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Externship, Legal Externship, Experiential Learning, Student with New York City skyline in background
2018 graduate Murphy Mitchell externed with New York County Defender Services in the spring of 2018 and interned with Brooklyn Defender Services during the summer of 2017.

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.

Externship 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 also 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 “practiceready”

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.

Lauren Donald
Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning and Director of Externships

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
  • Bankruptcy
  • Immigration Law
  • Business/Corporate/Banking
  • Intellectual Property
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • International Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Judiciary
  • Energy Law
  • Litigation
  • 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
  • Human Rights