Frequently Asked Questions
As soon as you have been hired by a placement office. Please print out the application which is also linked on this webpage. Once you have completed the application, return it to Rena Contreras. Ms. Contreras will submit it for approval by the faculty supervisor. Once it has been approved, the faculty supervisor will return the application to Ms. Contreras to complete the registration. Students do not register themselves for clinics or externships.
A placement or site is the nonprofit organization or agency hosting the student extern.
You can obtain a copy of the placement list from Rena Contreras. This list includes agencies where King Hall students have completed successful externships in previous semesters. You should review this list and contact the agency(ies) directly to find out if they are hiring and, if so, what the application requirements are. If you have questions about a potential placement office that is not listed, please contact Ms. Contreras (firstname.lastname@example.org) about the possibility of adding the office to our placement list.
Yes. Some of the programs have courses listed as “recommended” but not “required”. Please check the application form to see if there are any courses required for the program you are interested in. Prerequisite courses may be taken concurrently with the externship. These are required by the Law School; even if your own particular placement does not require that you take these courses.
Depending on the externship program, there are limitations on the number of units they may be taken for. Please see the externship overview for a listing of the number of units each program may be taken for. Please keep in mind that there is a maximum of 14 units that may be taken for externship credit towards the J.D. This limit includes units taken in the UCDC Externship Program.
I completed an externship for credit in a prior semester and would like to go back to the same placement for credit. Is that permitted?
It depends. We strongly encourage you to try different placements if you would like to extern for credit more than once. If you would like to return to a placement for a second time, you must provide a memo that describes how your work this time at the same placement will be different. 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 maximum number of credits at any one placement is 12.
A site or placement supervisor will provide supervision, mentoring and regular feedback. A UC Davis School of Law faculty member will act as a faculty supervisor. Additional information about the roles of the faculty and site supervisors is available.
LAW 470 Criminal Justice Externship
Yes. The maximum enrollment in this externship program is 15 students. We will collect applications through the second week of classes, or until we reach 15 applicants; whichever comes first. Applications will not be accepted after the second week of classes, even if the student cap has been reached.
Do I really have to take criminal procedure and evidence either in a previous semester or concurrent in the semester in which I want to extern for credit?
Yes. These are prerequisites for all students in the criminal justice externship program. No exceptions will be given, even if your own particular placement does not require that you take these courses.
Students are generally expected to register for a minimum of three units (12 hours of work/week). Students may enroll for two units, subject to the faculty supervisor’s approval. Part-time externship enrollment is 2-6 units; and full-time is 12 units. Please keep in mind that there is a maximum of 14 units that may be taken for externship credit towards the J.D.