Regional, National and International Externships

Guilford Courthouse imageElon University School of Law's externship program encompasses three categories of externships:

General Externships

Elon Law’s general externships offer 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.

Elon Law student Tom Prendergast

“I learned a great deal about how law is actually practiced on a day-to-day basis. My externship experience expanded my horizons and helped to formulate my career goals.”

-- Tom Prendergast, Class of 2014, speaking about his externship in the Office of the Counsel for the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Washington, D.C.

Survey of General Externship Placements

  • Alamance County District Attorney’s Office
  • Charlotte Immigration Court
  • Children’s Law Center
  • Disability Rights North Carolina
  • Georgia Legal Services Program
  • Greensboro City Attorney’s Office
  • Guilford County Office of Administrative Hearings
  • Guilford County District Attorney’s Office
  • Guilford County District Court
  • Guilford County Public
    Defender's Office
  • Guilford County Superior Court
  • Guilford Nonprofit Consortium
  • N.C. Court System Guardian Ad Litem Program
  • Internal Revenue Service-Office of Chief Counsel
  • Intl. Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Rome)
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • N.C. Court of Appeals
  • N.C. Business Court
  • N.C. Department of Justice -
  • Office of the Solicitor General
  • N.C. General Assembly
  • N.C. Supreme Court
  • Pisgah Legal Services
  • Rockingham County District Attorney’s Office
  • Small Business and Technology Development Center
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of N.C.
  • U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs

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 /

Student & Alumni Reflections
on the Value of Elon Law Externships

“This position was a vital stepping-stone in elevating me into my current career. The experience enabled me to acquire skills necessary to be successful in healthcare and government regulation.”

Phillip Clontz L’12, Risk Management and Compliance Officer at Pendleton Financial, Raleigh, N.C., regarding his externship with the U.S. Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs Office of Regional Counsel in Winston-Salem, N.C.

“Elon Law sharpened not only my academic and analytical skills, but my leadership skills as well. Learning through an institution that highlights and focuses on leadership prepares you for not only the academic aspects of an externship, but the office dynamics as well. I felt exceptionally prepared to converse with those in my office and to take leadership of my own learning experience to get the most out of every day in the office.”
– Katherine Koone L’14 Externship for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)

“I expected my externship experience to be a great legal learning opportunity, and it was even better than that. I learned so many invaluable lessons about criminal law and procedure, evidence and the court system through a great amount of daily practical experience and through observation of district attorneys, defense attorneys, judges and clerks.”

Hannah Davies L'14 Externship with the Burke County District Attorney’s Office

“The FINRA externship gave me an opportunity to work closely with enforcement attorneys on a variety of cases at many different stages, from researching facts relating to initial complaints all the way through to assisting counsel in depositions and hearings. I was able to see the whole process from the investigation to the decision to file a formal action, and what the enforcement division’s considerations are at each step of the way.” 

– Katherine Lester L’15 Externship at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in Woodbridge, N.J.

“I had observed court before, but working with Judge Davis gave me insight into the legal process form a different vantage point.”

– Julie Dogan L'15 Externship with the the Honorable Lindsay R. Davis, Jr., Senior Resident Superior Court Judge.

“Working in the chambers of the Business Court provided me a great perspective on how the North Carolina legal system processes complex business matters. I learned the process by which a court makes decisions, which will help me in my future practice before a court.”
– Andrew Realon L’14 Externship for Judge James L. Gale, North Carolina Business Court
“The rigorous demand for in-depth legal analysis that is required at Elon Law helped significantly in addressing complex problems and coming up with creative solutions in my summer externship.”
Chris Genheimer L’15 Externship with the Triad-area Inception Micro Angel Fund and the Small Business and Technology Development Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

“Working on real life cases, even on the background work, is tremendously interesting and satisfying.”

Murphy Townsend L'14 Externship with the Guilford County District Attorney’s Office in High Point, N.C.