Whittier Law School offers several kinds of externships designed to provide students with practical legal experience to complement their academic efforts.The International Externship Program’s educational goals for students include: 1) training students in lawyering skills from a global perspective; 2) acquiring insight into the workings of various aspects of foreign legal systems and professions therein; 3) encouraging a sense of professional responsibility; 4) developing students’ abilities to reflect on and learn from their experience; and 5) facilitating students’ career planning.
Law students may participate in the International Externship Program during a semester(s) or summer(s) following their first year of law school. Externships are unpaid, and students are required to spend 60 hours for each unit of externship credit. Time commitments vary by location, but average from 4—6 weeks at the placement. Students can earn up to 6 pass/fail units of externship credit. Concurrent with their first international externship, externs must enroll in a Independent Study that fulfils the Law School’s Lawyering Skills course requirement. All externs submit journals reflecting on their experience and memos on specified topics.
The externship site may specify required or preferred language and/or academic qualifications, as well as minimum time commitment. Externship assignments must be appropriate for an entry-level attorney. The externship must be supervised by an attorney or bench officer, who is responsible for guiding, evaluating and monitoring the student’s work. The supervisor also verifies the extern’s hours and completes a student evaluation at the conclusion of the semester.
For further information, please contact:
Calvin D. Peeler
Assistant Dean for International Relations
Whittier Law School
3333 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, California 92626
Phone: (714) 444-4141 ext. 228
Fax: (714) 444-3542
If you have never participated in the International Externship Program please fill out the International Externship Application
If you have participated in an International Externship before then please fill out the ADVANCED International Externship Application