Duquesne University School of Law offers externship placements in county, state and federal judicial offices; city, state and federal government agencies; and legal aid and non-profit organizations. View a list of externship placement sites.
Requirements for participation in a externship include, but are not limited to the following:
- Second- and third-year law students (third-year and fourth-year part-time day and evening students) with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
- Each externship is approved for three credits hours, requiring 140 hours of service, approximately 10 hours per week for 14 weeks. Externships are available when classes are in session, including during the law school summer session, but externships approved for the summer months (June - August) are generally accelerated and require the student to complete the required hours in a shorter time period.
- Students registered for externships during the summer session pay summer session tuition at the established per-credit rate.
- Credits earned in general externships are classified as non-classroom credits. A student may complete a total of 18 non-classroom credits during his or her law school tenure.
- Seminar requirements - concurrent enrollment is required in a corresponding Judicial, Non-Profit or Government Seminar. Students previously enrolled in an externship must take the seminar designed for "repeaters." Seminar class time is included in the 140 hours of service requirement. Seminars will meet seven times during the semester (every other week.)
- Reporting requirements consist of signed time sheets and journals. Time sheets are due weekly to the law clinic office. Students will be notified of journal topics and due dates by the seminar professors.
- Mid-term and final evaluations will be completed by externship site supervisors. The mid-term evaluation is intended to encourage discussion between the extern and supervisor about the extern's direction and progress. The final evaluation is completed by the supervisor alone.
- Externs must complete a student externship evaluation at the end of the externship.
In addition to externship placements, Duquesne University School of Law offers a number of externship programs.