The Catholic University of America

Legal Externships

Prospective placement supervisors can seek CUA Law students as externs by posting a position on Symplicity at  You may also send notice by email to

More than 50 representatives from government agencies and other organizations set up information tables in the atrium for the Clinics and Externships Fair. The fair provides an informal opportunity for law students to learn about a wide range of governmental and non-profit organizations for placement in externships and summer jobs. To view article, click here.


The Columbus School of Law offers one of the best legal externship programs in the United States! Our externship faculty have hosted national conferences on externship teaching and have authored the only available textbook for use in law school externship seminars. The text is called Learning from Practice: A Professional Development Text for Legal Externs. The second edition of the book was published in the fall of 2007.

       Through the CUA Legal Externship Program, each year over 200 students earn course credits by working at non-profit organizations, government agencies, in congressional offices, for judges, law firms, trade associations and corporations. Student externs have the opportunity to assist with representation of clients, with legislative and other policy development, and with a wide range of other lawyering activities. Students gain valuable exposure to lawyers and legal institutions. Many students use externships to explore possible career paths and to clarify their professional goals. Many students develop relationships with mentors and colleagues that continue long past the end of the externship. Through the externship program's seminars and tutorials, students have the opportunity to examine legal and professional issues that arise in their fieldwork and to learn about the field experience of other students at other placements.

Externships Essentials for Law Students

Before the semester begins:

1--          Enroll in a Becoming a Lawyer (BAL) course (if this is your first for-credit externship) and

2--          Enroll in Legal Externships (for 2 or 3 credits) (this is the fieldwork component of BAL) or

3--          Enroll in a Supervised Fieldwork course (if you already have done a BAL course)

4--          Tentatively find a fieldwork placement and complete the on-line Placement Approval Form 

5--          Once approved, finalize your placement

At the beginning of the semester:

1-       Add Legal Externships to your list of courses on TWEN 

Throughout the semester:

1--         Complete the course requirements assigned by your instructor and

2--         Submit bi-weekly time records on the TWEN site 

At the end of the semester:

1--        Ensure that your fieldwork supervisor has submitted a final, written evaluation of your placement     experience to the Coordinator of Clinical Programs by the end of the examination period

2--          Complete the online placement evaluation form

For more information visit the Externships FAQ page.

Here is a list of just some of the vast array of placements where CUA students have done externships.



Superior Court of the District of Columbia

US District Court for the District of Columbia

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

US Court of Federal Claims

United States Supreme Court

Virginia Court of Appeals

Fairfax County Circuit Court

Arlington County Circuit Court

Maryland Court of Appeals


Federal government agencies

US Department of Justice

            Access to Justice Initiative

            Antitrust Division

            Civil Division

            Criminal Division

                 Office of International Affairs

            Environmental and Natural Resources Division

            Executive Office for Immigration Review

            Executive Office for US Trustees

            National Security Division

            Office of Legislative Affairs

            Office of the Pardon Attorney

            Office of Professional Responsibility

US Agency for International Development

US Department of Commerce

International Trade Administration

National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration         

US Copyright Office, Office of General Counsel

US Department of Defense, Defense Intelligence Agency

US Department of Education

US Department of Energy

US Department of Homeland Security

US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Environmental Protection Agency

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Bureau of Prisons, Litigation Division

Federal Communications Commission

            Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

            Office of Legislative Affairs

Federal Election Commission

Federal Maritime Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

US Department of Health and Human Services

            Office of the General Counsel

US Department of the Interior

International Trade Commission

US Department of Labor

Library of Congress, Office of General Counsel

US Merit Systems Protection Board

NASA Office of General Counsel

National Labor Relations Board

National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General

US Patent and Trademark Office

Peace Corps, Office of Inspector General

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Office of Personnel Management

Securities and Exchange Commission

Small Business Administration

US Department of Transportation

Transportation Security Administration

US Department of the Treasury

           Office of Foreign Assets Control

           United States Mint

United States Coast Guard Judge Advocate General Corps

United States Navy Judge Advocate General Corps

Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction

Congressional Research Service

The White House

            Domestic Policy Council

            Executive Office of the President

            Office of Science and Technology Policy

US Senate and US House of Representatives

            Senate Judiciary Committee

            House Judiciary Committee

            House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

            Senate Committee on Homeland Security

            House Committee on Energy and Commerce

            House Ways and Means Committee

            House Committee on the Budget

Local Government

DC Office of the Attorney General

DC Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Office of the Maryland Attorney General

Comptroller of Maryland

Public Defenders

DC Public Defender Service

Alexandria Public Defender

Federal Public Defender Service of DC

Montgomery County Public Defender

Prince George’s County Public Defender

Prosecutors’ Offices

Montgomery County State’s Attorney

United States Attorney’s Office, District of Columbia

Office of the Commonwealth Attorney, Arlington County

Office of the Commonwealth Attorney, Fairfax County

Non-profits, trade associations and corporations

American Bar Association

            Center for Human Rights

            Center for Child Advocacy

            Rule of Law Initiative

            Death Penalty Moratorium

AARP/Legal Counsel for the Elderly

Catholic Charities

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Aequitas: The Prosecutor’s Resource for Violence Against Women

FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority)

Vera Institute of Justice

Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies

American Rivers, Office of General Counsel

Catholic Legal Imigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

Association of Corporate Counsel

Transparency International USA

National Association of Broadcasters

ACLU National Prison Project

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Discovery Communications, LLC

United Nations Development Program

Center for Women Policy Studies

WEAVE (Women Empowered Against Violence)

Octagon Worldwide Inc.

American Nurses Association

Solar Industries Association

The Nature Conservancy

Children’s National Medical Center

National Women’s Law Center

National Center for victims of Crime

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe

Tahirih Justice Center

National Association of Home Builders

National Trust for Historic Preservation

American Humane Association

Friends Commission on National Legislation

Capitol Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition

CUA Office of General Counsel

Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights

PCIA The Wireless Infrastructure Association

Service Employees International Union

National Geographic Channel, Business and Legal Affairs Department

Center for Medicare Advocacy

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

International Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The World Bank

Law Firms

Benach Ragland LLP (immigration firm)

Troutman Sanders, LLP

Reed Smith LLP

Alston & Bird LLP

Sidley Austin LLP

Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP

Zavos Juncker Lawgroup