Academic Year Placements
The Externship Clinic offers students the opportunity to work under the supervision of a practicing attorney in settings outside the law school. Specific locations vary from one semester to another, but every effort is made to match each student with an office that addresses the student's primary interest. Students interested in health law can choose to work in general counsels' offices of BJC, Ascension, or Sisters of Mercy, while other students placed in the United States Attorney's Office prosecutes health care systems and providers. Clinic students interested in trial work and criminal law are placed ain thestate prosecutors' offices in St. Louis City and St. Louis County and the United States Attorneys' Offices in Missouri and Illinois. Civil litigation or public interest opportunities include externships at the ACLU, the St. Louis City and County Counselor's Offices, the EEOC, and the Attorney General's Office. Students interested in tax or transactional work have unique opportunity to work with the IRS and the IRS Office of Appeals. This list is not exhaustive, as the St. Louis and Southern Illinois areas include many not-for-profit and government offices that welcome the chance to mentor law students in a practice setting.
During the summer, students may be placed in the Attorney General's Office or the Department of Health and Human Services in Jefferson City, Missouri.
In addition, students interested in a summer international externship experience may be placed with Bridges Across Borders, Southeast Asia's International Human Rights Externship in Thailand. Through a partnership with Bridges Across Borders, students are stationed in Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia or Laos, where they work with local attorneys on various social justice and community legal education initiatives. During the 12-week experience, students work and interact with the Bridges Across Borders International Community Legal Education team and local lawyers, legal educators and community organizations.If you are interested in this externship, please contact Susan McGraugh for more information.
All student externs are supervised on-site by a licensed attorney who assigns specific tasks and provides oversight and feedback. Additional oversight and supervision is provided by a full-time faculty member. All students in this Clinic must be concurrently enrolled in the Lawyering Practice course for two credit hours. For academic year placements, students are expected to work 9 or 12 hours per week for 3 or 4 credit hours, respectively. For summer placements, students are expected to work 18 or 24 hours per week for 3 or 4 credit hours, respectively.
Students interested about this Clinic should contact Amany Hacking or call (314) 977-2778.