Externships at the Charleston School of Law
The Charleston School of Law Externship Program provides its students with a unique, real world experience outside of the classroom. Through the Externship Program, students gain practical experience in a variety of legal professions, while earning academic credit.
The externship experience (a) assists students in exploring a particular area of interest of their choice at a field-placement site, (b) exposes students to the operation of the legal system, (c) enhances students' practical skills, such as, communication, research and writing, and (d) enhances students' personal skills such as poise and confidence.
Additionally, externships provide students with the opportunity to meet and work with members of the legal bar and their staff, which relationships may prove invaluable as the students pursue employment. The Externship Program is a faculty approved program outlined in the Charleston School of Law Externship Policies and Procedures Manual ("the Externship Manual.")
The Externship Program is available to qualified students in both the School of Law full time and part time programs. Qualified students join the Externship Program by registering for the Externship Course. The Externship Course is an elective course which satisfies the student's skills course requirement.
To qualify for an externship, the students must (a) have completed the full first-year curriculum and (b) be in good academic standing. Therefore, students enrolled in the full-time program typically should qualify for an externship after they have completed successfully the Spring Semester of their first year of law school. Students enrolled in the part-time program typically should qualify for an externship after they have completed successfully the Spring Semester of their second year of law school.
Should you be interested in earning academic credit through the Externship Program, please review the School of Law Guide to Securing an Externship.
Each summer, Charleston School of Law students have the opportunity to extern at dynamic sites throughout the community. Since fall 2006, Charleston School of Law students have completed approximately 72,829 externship hours. Read more about the students and their experiences from last summer below.