Field Placement

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The George Washington University Law School Field Placement Program (“Program”) provides students with the opportunity to work closely with judges or practicing lawyers as legal externs in governmental, judicial and non-profit organizations while earning academic credit. The Program is designed to enhance the educational experience of its students through exposure to the actual practice of law.

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.

Each student is supervised by a member of the law school faculty and is enrolled in a required co-requisite course. The student's externship experience also includes regular communication and feedback from an attorney field supervisor who is assigned to that student. On-site attorney supervision, instructional guidance through the law school's faculty, and regular communication between law school faculty and the field placement attorney supervisor combine to offer students a unique opportunity to gain practical experience and continue to build upon their law school education. 

For Current Students

Visit the Field Placement Portal Site for information for current students.

Current Externship Opportunities

For information on current externship opportunities, visit CORE.

Recent student placements include:

  • The Department of Justice
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • House and Senate Judiciary Committees
  • Department of State
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • White House Office of Legal Counsel
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • World Bank
  • Smithsonian
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • World Organization for Human Rights
  • Public Defender Services
  • Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
  • National Public Radio
  • Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights
  • Judges from DC Superior Court, DC Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court for DC, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Court of Federal Claims