Public and Private Externship Program

Whittier Law School offers practical training through externship placements with trial and appellate courts, governmental agencies, law firms, corporate legal departments and non-profit legal services organizations. Working under the supervision of experienced attorneys or bench officers, students are able to gain valuable insights into the operation of legal institutions while dealing with actual client matters. They also are able to develop a better understanding of the legal and socioeconomic problems common in the practice of law.

In conjunction with each student’s first externship placement, students attend Lawyering Skills, a one-unit course on the theoretical components of client representation and the socialization process of becoming a lawyer. Students are supported throughout their externship by members of the faculty. All externships taken for academic credit are unpaid.

Students who have completed or are enrolled in Civil Procedure and Evidence may seek Law Student Certification from the State Bar of California. If approved, this status allows law students the opportunity to participate in hearings and trials as part of their externship. Applications are available in the Practical Training of Law Students section of their website.

If you or anyone you know is capable of hosting a student for an externship during the semester or summer please contact:

Deirdre Kelly
Director of Externships