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Frequently Asked Questions

All students must meet with the externship director, Dena Bauman, drbauman@ucdavis.edu as part of the application process, to ensure that the placement qualifies and meets with your academic performance and professional goals.  Once you have applied for and been accepted to a placement, please fill and submit the on-line application for Professor Bauman’s approval.  Rena Contreras, rgcontreras@ucdavis.edu, the externship administrator, will then register you for the appropriate class. Students do not register themselves for clinics or externships. We are flexible about the application deadline, but no later than the first day of classes.

No. Only second and third-year students may enroll. The externship class is only offered in the fall and spring semesters, not the summer.  LLM students may take the externship class, but only with Dean Greenwood’s express prior approval. If Dean Greenwood grants permission, the LLM student should contact Professor Bauman to discuss.

A placement is a legal office such as a public interest nonprofit organization, government agency or judicial chambers that hosts students who are receiving academic credit. For-profit businesses and private law firms do not qualify. A student may not be both paid by a placement and earn academic credit.

We limit placements to Northern California (generally, the Sacramento and Bay area) so that we can develop close relationships with the placement and supervising attorneys, do in-person site visits, and facilitate in-person meetings with faculty. Additionally, we require all students to work in-person at their placement, to experience the workplace environment and culture and take advantage of the numerous networking opportunities. Most placements also require the student to be physically present.  However, since mid-March 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are currently waiving that in-person requirement (as are most placements). On a very limited case-by-case basis, we are allowing students to work remotely at places outside our region. These policies are subject to change.

Review the list of past placements . This list  includes placements where King Hall students have completed successful externships in previous semesters. You should contact the organizations directly about their recruitment process (first check their website). The externship office publishes all announcements it receives in Symplicity. If you are looking in Symplicity, do a broad search, because qualifying opportunities may be listed as internships, or volunteer positions.  Of course there are many other ways to find possible placements: OCS resources, social media, your own network, etc.  If you are interested in a placement that is not listed, please contact the externship director.  We have a process for vetting and accepting new placements.

Yes. Some of the programs have courses listed as “recommended” but not “required”. Please check the application form  about these requirements. Required courses may be taken previously or concurrently with the externship. These are law school requirements, even if not required by your placement.

All externships offer a part-time option from 2-6 units. Students may extern full-time in our Judicial, Capital Scholars and Administration of Criminal Justice externship classes, for 12 units. However, placements may have a minimum or maximum number of hours.  If you are considering a full-time externship, you need to be especially careful in planning your semester, and are advised to consult with Dean Scivoletto or Dean Ide-Don for their input. No more than 14 externship units are permitted in total. This limit includes units taken in the UCDC Externship Program.

All externships offer a part-time option from 2-6 units. Students may extern full-time in our Judicial, Capital Scholars and Administration of Criminal Justice externship classes, for 12 units. However, placements may have a minimum or maximum number of hours.  If you are considering a full-time externship, you need to be especially careful in planning your semester, and are advised to consult with Dean Scivoletto or Dean Ide-Don for their input. No more than 14 externship units are permitted in total. This limit includes units taken in the UCDC Externship Program.

It depends. Your choice of any placement should be strategic and align with your professional goals.  If you would like to return to an organization for a second time (and all organizations must qualify for credit), your application will need to include a written explanation of how your subsequent time there will be significantly different or more advanced than your previous work. Only in limited circumstances will a third semester at the same placement be permitted. (You may, of course, decide to work at a placement on a volunteer basis, but not for credit.).

The externship class is a unique model.  Students have a field supervisor who provides legal assignments, feedback, and mentoring. At the law school, the externship director and faculty supervisor provide ongoing guidance through meetings and educational assignments.

No. Students may only enroll in one clinic OR one externship in any individual semester.

We are aware that students have many demands on their time and that it is difficult to coordinate course work, extracurricular activities, outside employment, and personal responsibilities. It is imperative to analyze your schedule before committing to an externship. If a student has accepted a placement and subsequently drops it, the consequences can be severe. A student who could have had the experience may lose the opportunity, and a placement who had prepared projects and assignments for you may be less willing to accept King Hall students in future semesters. For these reasons, students who have accepted an externship position must obtain permission from the externship director, Professor Bauman, to drop the placement.

The externship director holds information sessions about externships every semester, and over the summer, and is readily available for a meeting by appointment or during office hours. Previous programs on externships can be found on the Intranet.