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.
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.
Field Placement Program
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: (202) 994-5184
Fax: (202) 994-3362
Keri A. McCoy
Assistant Dean for Field Placement
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
- 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.
For links to the current semester registration or evaluation forms, please email us at [email protected].