Through the Clinical Externship Program, third-year students gain real-world legal experience in exchange for academic credit at various organizations, agencies, law offices, government offices, and corporations in San Diego and around the world.
Clinical Externship Program
The Clinical Externship Program is an essential component of the curriculum at California Western School of Law. The Program builds upon students' strong doctrinal and practice foundation developed in their first two years of law school. The 13-week Program gives third year students the opportunity to earn between five and ten academic credits for legal work in not-for-profit agencies, private law offices, courts, corporations, or government agencies. In these settings, students engage in legal work and acquire valuable insights and skills that prepare them for practice. The Program develops and promotes confidence, problem-solving skills, and professionalism that lead to becoming practice-ready attorneys.
As part of the program, third-year students gain real-world legal experience in exchange for academic credit at various organizations, agencies, law offices, government offices, and corporations in San Diego and around the world.
Once you've reached your final year in law school, you'll truly begin the transition from student to practitioner. Through the Clinical Externship Program, students take on actual lawyering responsibilities and challenges, which helps them make a smoother transition from law student to first-year attorney.
Organizations and agencies are an integral part of the Clinical Externship Program. Our students are ready to gain real-world lawyering skills in exchange for academic credit. Click on the link above for information about the rules and regulations for participation in the program or how to become a pre-approved placement for our students.
Clinical Externship Team