Law School Creates Federal Government Externship Program in Washington
- Field Placements: Students will work a minimum of 30 hours a week doing substantive legal work at a federal agency. Chapnick said options are expected to include several sections of the Department of Justice, the Departments of Health and Human Services; Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency; the Federal Communications Commission, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Seminar: Students will take a close look at the roles lawyers play in federal offices in Washington. The seminar will be taught by Law School faculty and a Washington-based adjunct professor. The seminar, which will also feature guest speakers, will have a substantive writing component.
- Supervised Research: Each student will be required to produce an 8,000-10,000-word research paper on a topic closely linked to the externship and their field placement. Externs will be encouraged to consult with the agency where they are working to develop their topic.
“This externship is part of a broader effort to enhance our third year curriculum," said David M. Schizer, Dean and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law. “The world is changing in exciting ways, and our curriculum has to change as well, so that we continue to offer our students deep and rigorous engagement with the latest trends in our profession.”