Field Placement

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The Field Placement Program (Program), offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, provides GW Law students with an opportunity to work closely with judges or practicing lawyers as legal externs in governmental, judicial, and nonprofit organizations while earning academic credit. The Program enhances the educational experience of students through exposure to the actual practice of law. With over 500 students participating in the Program each year and the unique opportunities available to students as a result of our location in the nation’s capital, the Field Placement Program is one of the largest legal externship programs in the country.

The primary educational objectives of the Program are to provide students with the opportunity to gain experience in different substantive areas of law and legal process; to develop legal research, writing, interviewing, counseling and investigative skills; to deal with issues of professional responsibility in a real practice setting; and to engage in reflective lawyering. All corequisite courses are taught in an experiential format that encourages learning by doing.

GW Law Students

Students benefit from the guidance of GW Law adjunct faculty who teach the mandatory corequisite courses that complement their externship experience. Additionally, students receive regular communication and feedback from the practicing attorneys or judges who serve as their placement supervisors. Field supervision, instructional guidance, and regular communication between adjunct faculty and placement supervisors combine to offer students a unique opportunity to gain practical experience, enhanced employment marketability, and to develop important connections in the legal field as they enhance their overall academic experience. Please see Field Placement FAQs for additional information.
 

Current Students

 

Recent Student Placements*

 

  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • DC Court of Appeals
  • DC Superior Court
  • International Monetary Fund
  • National Public Radio
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Office of the US Trade Representative
  • Public Defender Services
  • Smithsonian

 

 

 

  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US Court of Federal Claims
  • US Department of Justice
  • US Department of State
  • US District Court for DC
  • US Federal Communications Commission

 

  • US House & Senate Judiciary Committees
  • US Patent and Trademark Office
  • US Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
  • White House Office of Legal Counsel
  • World Bank
  • World Organization for Human Rights

*This is a representative list only. A more comprehensive list of placements and additional Program information is available to current students on the portal.

Supervisor Resources

 

Posting Externship Opportunities

Post an externship opportunity for free online using CORE.

For information on how to post an opportunity, contact [email protected].

If you have questions regarding students earning academic credit for their work, contact [email protected].

American Bar Association Standards

The American Bar Association’s Standards for the Approval of Law Schools are minimum requirements designed to ensure that law schools provide a sound program of legal education. Standard 304 contains the requirements that must be met in order to award credit toward the JD Degree for field placements (externships) and other study outside the classroom.