The Catholic University of America
Legal Externship Program

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The primary objectives of the externship program of the Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, are to enhance students’ learning through practice experience and critical reflection. 

Our program enables students to earn academic credit while advancing their legal training at field placements that students themselves select, subject to program approval.   This structure encourages students to take advantage of the wide array of legal opportunities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and gain practice experience that is tailored to their interests and professional goals.   Through teaching methods such as reflective writing assignments, seminar or tutorial meetings, and oral presentations, externship program faculty guide students in considering issues including:

  • how to identify and pursue learning goals for their placement experiences;
  • how to reflect upon experiences and apply what is learned from them to future problems;
  •  how to develop an effective supervisory relationship and build a professional network;
  • how to be guided by personal and professional values in determining the approach they will take to the practice of law and the type of legal practice to pursue; and 
  • how to identify and navigate issues of ethics and professionalism.

Site supervisors support students in their fieldwork by offering hands-on guidance and ongoing feedback as students apply and build upon their substantive legal training and develop legal skills such as research, writing, legal analysis, investigation, interviewing, counseling, negotiation, problem solving, communication, and advocacy.

In all of these ways, CUA Law’s externship program prepares students to become ethical, effective, practice-ready lawyers.


Annual Externship Fair



 The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

Spring 2019 Externship Fair

When: TBD

Externship Fair: TBD

Where: Columbus School of Law
Louise H. Keelty and James Keelty, Jr. Atrium
3600 John McCormack Road NE
Washington, DC 20064  


For Employers

Prospective placement supervisors can seek CUA Law students as externs by posting a position on Symplicity at You may also send notice by email to

Employers also can network with interested students by attending our annual Externship Fair. Find out more details about this year's Externship Fair and RSVP here.

For Students

Students interested in earning academic credit for an externship placement can learn more about externship opportunities and program policies by reviewing our student handbook.

Legal Externship Program
Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-5133


The Catholic University of America
Columbus School of Law
Office of Experiential Curriculum
3600 John McCormack Rd., NE

Washington, DC 20064

Professor Paul Kurth
Director of Experiential Curriculum