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Overview

King Hall’s Externship Program allows students to earn academic credit for field placements in a government or public interest law office, while being jointly supervised by a practicing attorney and a member of the King Hall Faculty. Externships can be part or full-time, and offer students the opportunity to augment their classroom learning with hands-on, real-world lawyering experience. Over the past several years, King Hall externship placements have included District Attorney and Public Defender Offices, Judicial Chambers (both state and federal), the California Legislature, and a wide range of government offices, public interest, and public policy organizations.

Why Extern?

Law schools and legal employers are increasingly recognizing the value and importance of experiential education, which is what externships are all about! Externships are a great way to:

  • Gain practical lawyering experience, as well as concrete skills and training
  • Expand upon your substantive coursework and put your law school classes into context
  • Build or expand your professional networks
  • Develop and reflect upon your professional identity and trajectory
  • Try out a particular type of legal practice or area of substantive law
  • Build a pathway towards future employment

Externship Opportunities at King Hall

King Hall Currently runs the following Externship programs:

  • Judicial Process (Law 425) (2 to 6 or 12 units)
  • Employment Relations (Law 455) (2 to 6 units)
  • Federal and State Taxation (Law 430) (2 to 6 units)
  • Public Interest (Law 460) (2 to 6 units)
  • Administration of Criminal Justice (Law 470) (2 to 6 or 12 units)
  • Intellectual Property (Law 465) (2 to 6 units)
  • Environmental Law (Law 450) (2 to 6 units)
  • Capital Law Scholars (formerly Legislative Process) (Law 446) (2 to 6 or 12 units)
  • UCDC Law Program (10 unit externship + 3 unit seminar)

All placements must be approved by the Director of Externships and, with the exception of the UCDC program, are limited to the Northern California-Nevada geographical area in order to facilitate faculty on-site visits. All externs will be required to participate in an externship seminar or faculty-guided tutorial as part of their externship experience (see "Enrollment" page for additional details).

Note: Fall and Spring semester externships are for academic units only; students may not receive pay for hours worked.

Application & Placement Information

If you have questions after reviewing these guidelines, you may contact Hollis Kulwin or Rena Contreras. Please submit completed externship applications to Rena Contreras in room 1380A, or via email to: externships@law.ucdavis.edu. Applications should be submitted as soon as possible after you accept an externship offer, and will be accepted until the first day of semester classes (absent exceptional circumstances).

Externships Supervisors (Spring 2018) Room Email
Administration of Criminal Justice Prof. Andrea Chandrasekher 1108 achandrasekher@ucdavis.edu
Employment Law Prof. Courtney Joslin 2113 cgjoslin@ucdavis.edu
Environmental Law Prof. Albert Lin 2108 aclin@ucdavis.edu
Intellectual Property Prof. Thomas Joo 1109 twjoo@ucdavis.edu
Judicial Process Prof. Christopher Elmendorf 2131 cselmendorf@ucdavis.edu
Capital Law Scholars Prof. Elizabeth Joh 2125 eejoh@ucdavis.edu
Public Interest Prof. Jasmine Harris 1103 jeharris@ucdavis.edu
Tax Law Prof. Dennis Ventry 2133 djventry@ucdavis.edu