State, Regional and International Externships
Elon Law’s general externship program offers law students placement opportunities in dozens of executive, legislative and judicial branch offices, as well as in a number of nonprofit organizations in North Carolina and in other states and countries.
“While I understand that most of my time in law school will be spent in a classroom, I have realized that time spent assisting in the practice of law is equally important to my legal education. I have learned a great deal about how law is actually practiced on a day-to-day basis. My externship experience has expanded my horizons and helped to formulate my career goals.”
-- Tom Prendergast, Class of 2014, speaking about his 2012 externship in the Office of the Counsel for the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.
Externship placements have included: Church World Service, Disability Rights North Carolina, Georgia Legal Services Program, Greensboro City Attorney’s Office, Guilford Nonprofit Consortium, Internal Revenue Service-Office of Chief Counsel, International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Rome), Legal Aid of N.C., N. C. Business Court, N.C. Department of Justice-Office of the Solicitor General, N.C. General Assembly, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of N.C., and several District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices.
Lawyers who work in nonprofit organizations, lawyers who work in government or judges who are interested in supervising an extern should contact: Margaret Robison Kantlehner, Associate Professor of Law and Director of Externships, Elon University School of Law - 201 N. Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401 - Office:336-279-9205 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Semester-in-Practice Externship Program is designed for qualified third-year law students who wish to work full-time in an approved governmental, judicial or non-profit externship, under the supervision of a lawyer, with the support of a faculty member who serves as teacher, coach and mentor. This competitive, off-campus program supports students who obtain full-time externships in government, judicial or non-profit organizations. Students work 40 hours per week at their externship and participate in a concurrent academic component, which includes a faculty directed orientation session prior to the beginning of the semester in practice, written reflective assignments, telephonic conferences and tutorials and at least one site visit meeting with the student, supervising site attorney or judge and professor. Students keep weekly timesheets. Supervising attorneys evaluate students in writing, both mid-term and at the end of the semester. Students receive 13 credit hours, graded pass/fail.
Registration for the semester-in-practice externship is by approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In assessing a student’s application to register for the Program, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will consider various factors indicating whether taking a semester away from the law school could compromise the student’s academic development or ability to succeed on the licensure examination. Interested applicants must be third-year law students during their proposed semester in practice and must have been accepted into an externship. Students may only participate in the Semester-in-Practice program during one semester of law school. Successful applicants will demonstrate strong character and fitness for practice, independent judgment and professional and personal organizational skills. Applicants will include faculty and employer references as a part of their applications. The application form and requirements are posted on the Registrar’s page of the law school website. For further information, please contact: Prof. Margaret Kantlehner, Director of Externships, email@example.com, 336.279.9205.
In-House Counsel Externships
The In-House Counsel Externship course is designed to provide opportunities for students to gain practical legal experience while working under the supervision of in-house counsel in the corporate offices of for-profit organizations. The In-House Counsel Externship course is an upper-level elective which consists of a combination of supervised work hours and periodic sessions with a faculty advisor. As part of supervised externship work, students may observe attorney meetings and strategy sessions, negotiations, client conferences, and participate in litigation strategy development, contract drafting, contract review and legal research while under the supervision of corporate counsel.
In addition to the minimum hours of supervised work, the In-House Counsel Externship course requires students to participate in sessions with a faculty advisor and submit reflective written work and time records. Students are eligible for the In-House Counsel Externship course after completing three semesters at the law school. While students may register for the In-House Counsel Externship course through the regular course registration process, the Externship Director or Designated Faculty Advisor must approve any externship before classes begin, based on a deadline for placement approval specified by the Director. Students may not receive any compensation for their work in the externship course. Business Associations is a prerequisite course for the In-House Counsel Externship. NOTE: 3 credits = 140 hours of work (Spring and Fall) / 3 credits = 180 hours of work (Summer).