Semester-in-Practice Externships

Elon Law internsThe Semester-in-Practice Externship 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. 

“Elon clinics and externships are key components of experiential legal education. Live client practice experience builds students’ legal skills, prepares them for early success in practice and expands students’ professional resources as they prepare to enter into practice.” – Margaret Kantlehner, associate professor of law and director of externships, the Wills Drafting Clinic and the Elder Law Clinic

Students receive 13 credit hours for a Semester-in-Practice Externship, graded pass/fail. The application form and requirements are posted on the Registrar’s page of the law school websiteFor further information, please contact: Prof. Margaret Kantlehner, Director of Externships,, 336.279.9205.

Semester-in-Practice Profiles


Elon Law alumna Hannah Davies L'14After a semester-in-practice with United States District Court Judge Martin Reidinger in Asheville, North Carolina,  Hannah Davies L'14 accepted a judicial assistant/law clerk position with Judge Reidinger beginning in August 2014.

“My semester-in-practice experience was invaluable. Each day of my experience truly enhanced my legal education, with all of my law school courses coming directly into practical application.”

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Elon Law alumna Caroline Johnson L'14As part of her semester-in-practice with the Office of Private International Law at the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser, in Washington, D.C., Caroline Johnson L'14 participated in a United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Working Group meeting in New York City.

"I really wanted a unique program where I could have the faculty support and the opportunities needed to develop my interest in international law, and I found that here."

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