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Externships

The externship program enhances our strong academic tradition by incorporating real-world experiential learning into the curriculum to cultivate skilled and knowledgeable students ready to join the workforce with the competencies, learning, and professionalism to excel.

In partnership with the legal community, this unique program helps develop the next generation of well-rounded lawyers.

If you are interested in incorporating externs from our dynamic student population into your practice, please contact the Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education at lawclinic@duq.edu.

Students participating in an externship program earn up to 3 experiential learning credits.

Externships are unpaid.

Single Semester Externship Placements

The School of Law offers one-semester and summer-session externship placements in county, state and federal judicial offices; city, state and federal government agencies; legal aid and non-profit organizations; and in-private practice or in-house counsel settings.

Available opportunities include:

  • Government externships
  • Judicial externships
  • Non-Profit externships
  • Private-sector externships

Yearlong Externship Programs

Yearlong externships feature on-site placement combined with classroom instruction and classroom credit.

Program Guidelines

  • Students must meet with the externship and pro bono 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 3 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. 
  • Students may not particiapte in a clinic/program and an externship at the same time without prior approval from the Clinic Director and Externship Director.
  • Seminar requirements - concurrent enrollment is required in a corresponding Judicial, Non-Profit, Private-Sector 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 6 to 7 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 professor. 
  • 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 are in line with their career goals regardless of geographic location. Duquesne University School 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. 

Questions? 

Contact the Clinical Legal Education office