One way that CILI students may complete the Practical Training requirement is through a 2 or 3-credit Legal Externship in the areas of comparative and/or international law. Through placements in international law settings, students gain valuable insight into international law careers and experience of international and comparative law in practice.

The 2-credit Legal Externship option requires 120 hours of work at a placement, while the 3-credit option requires 180 hours of work at a placement.

Students completing the Practical Training Requirement through a Legal Externship are also required to take the Becoming a Lawyer course (1 cr.) with a classroom component.

The Practical Training Requirement may also be satisfied by the CCLS Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Clinic (3 to 6 credits; if taken for 6 credits, 3 credits may be used as one of the 3 elective courses needed to complete the CILI coursework requirement) or by the Human Rights Practicum (3 or 4 credits). For more information on these alternative options see the link to Curriculum.

Though students need only complete one externship for academic credit to satisfy the CILI certificate Practical Training Requirement, students are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous additional opportunities to gain international experience while they are in Washington, D.C.

In addition to externships in traditional law firms, students in the Institute have completed externships at international and governmental agencies, nongovernmental organizations, international banking institutions, and corporations, including:

American Bar Association's Central and Eastern European Law Initiative
American Immigration Law Foundation
Amnesty International
Center for International Environmental Law
Center for Justice and International Law
Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Consular Division
Environmental Protection Agency
Federal Communications Commission-International Bureau
Immigration & Naturalization Service
International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition
Inter-American Development Bank
International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
International Justice Project
International Labor Rights Fund
International Management Group
International Wholesalers Corporation
International Trade Commission
Kile Goekjian Reed & McManus PLLC
The Nature Conservancy
Organization of American States
Reed Smith
Tahirih Justice Center
Tax & Trade Bureau - International Trade Division
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
United States Agency for International Development
United States congressional committees
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Department of Commerce: Office of European Union & Regional Affairs
Office of Chief Counsel, Bureau of Export Administration
United States Department of Defense, International Affairs Division
United States Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs
United States Department of State
United States Department of Transportation, U.S. Coast Guard
United States Senate Government Affairs Committee on Special Investigation on Campaign Finance
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Federal Trade Commission
U.S. International Trade Commission
U.S.-Russia Business Council
U.S. Trade Representative U.S. Trade & Development Agency
World Jurist Association