The Clinical Legal Education program provides dozens of externship opportunities offering educational and practical legal experience and professional mentorship. Yearlong externships feature on-site placement combined with classroom instruction and classroom credit. One-semester and summer-session externships feature on-site placement combined with seminars and non-classroom credit. Some externship placements, including the newest sites noted below, can be arranged with or without credit.
Yearlong Externship Programs
One-Semester and Summer-Session Externship Placements
The School of Law also offers one-semester and summer-session externship placements in county, state and federal judicial offices; city, state and federal government agencies; and legal aid and non-profit organizations. In additional to part-time placements, the School of Law offers full-time placements over one semester. Learn more below about agency and judicial office externships in the region, the state, the country, and abroad.
- Students must meet with the Clinical Legal Education director or assistant director prior to placement, even if the student initiates a placement.
- Placements are considered for 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.
- Placements may be 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 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.
- 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 not included in the 140 hours of service requirement. Seminars will meet six to seven times during the semester (every other week.)
- 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.
- Reporting requirements include signed time sheets and journals. Time sheets are due bi-weekly to the Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education. 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.
- Students must complete evaluations at the end of the externship.
- Externships are unpaid.
- Stipends for living expenses may be available for summer public interest placements.
- Duquesne University School of Law works hard to help students find externship opportunities that is in line with their career goals regardless of geographic location. Duquesne University Shcool of Law cannot guarantee placement, as most externship placements require application materials, conduct interviews, and conduct their operations in a manner that may not correspond with the academic calendar year. Duquesne University School of Law is committed to helping students prepare for the application and interview process.
Contact the Clinical Legal Education office.