The Catholic University of America

Legal Externships

 Externship Program Forms |
Frequently Asked Questions for Students and Supervisors|

Prospective placement supervisors can seek CUA Law students as externs by posting a postiion on Simplicity at  You may also send an email to or









More than 50 representatives from government agencies and other organizations set up information tables in the Columbus School of Law atrium for the fall 2011 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. 


Externship Essentials

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--          Provide the fully completed End-of-semester checkout form To the Administrative Assistant for Clinical Programs (room 312)


For more information visit the Externships FAQ page.

       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.


CUA Legal Externships – Fall 2011-Spring 2012

Here is a list of the placements where CUA law students are doing legal externships for academic credit this semester. This provides just a sample of the rich educational opportunities available through the CUA legal externship program.

Judicial Externships (eighteen students)

  • US District Court for the District of Columbia

    • The Honorable Richard J. Leon
    • The Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina
  • US Court of Federal Claims

    • The Honorable Loren Smith
  • US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

  • Superior Court of the District of Columbia

    • The Honorable Jennifer Anderson
    • The Honorable Russell Canan
    • The Honorable Stephanie Duncan-Peters
    • The Honorable Wendell P. Gardner Jr.(2)
    • The Honorable Judith N. Macaluso
    • The Honorable Thomas J. Motley
    • The Honorable John M. Mott
    • The Honorable Michael L. Rankin
    • The Honorable Odessa F. Vincent
    • The Honorable Joan Zeldon
    • Judicial Law Clerk to Magistrate Judges
  • Maryland Court of Special Appeals, The Honorable James Kenney III

Public defenders (three students)

  • Alexandria Public Defender (2)

  • Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

State attorneys (three students)

  • Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office (2)

  • Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney for the City of Alexandria

Federal government (twenty-three students)

  • US Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

  • US Commodity Futures Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement (2)
  • US Federal Communications Commission

  • Commissioner McDowell's Office (2)

  • Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

  • US Department of Health & Human Services, Departmental Appeals Board

  • US Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Services

  • US Agency for International Development, Office of General Counsel

  • US International Trade Commission, Office of General Counsel

  • US Department of Justice

  • Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch

  • Criminal Division, Fraud Section (2)

  • Criminal Division, Domestic Security Section (2)

  • Criminal Division, Obscenity Prosecution Task Force

  • Executive office for U.S. Trustees, Office of General Counsel

  • Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Training and Assistance

  • Office of International Affairs (2)

  • United States Attorney for DC, Special Proceedings Division

  • National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General

Legislative externships (three students)

  • US Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  • Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security

  • US House of Representatives
  • Committee on Financial Services
  • Maryland State Senate

  • Senator David Harrington

Law firms, corporations and non-profit organizations (fifteen students)

  • Bureau of National Affairs, Corporate Practice Series
  • The Carmen Group, International Team
  • Comcast Corporation
  • DC Coalition against Domestic Violence
  • McGuire Woods, LLP
  • National Geographic Channel, Business and Legal Affairs Department
  • Octagon (sports agency) Legal Department
  • Osborne Law Offices, PC
  • Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur
  • Spiegel and McDiarmid, LLP
  • Sports Management Group Worldwide
  • Wendy H. Schwartz and Associates, PLLC
  • Telecommunications Industry Association
  • United Mine Workers of America, International Office
  • Windstream Communications
  • Office of Federal Governmental Affairs