D.C. Semester In Practice Program
Students earn 13 credits while in residence in Washington, D.C.: 10 credits are earned from the externship and clinical seminar and 3 credits are earned from a non-clinical course. Students extern 448 hours over the semester and attend class twice a week.
Placements include a wide range of offerings, including federal, state and local government agencies, private non-profits and judicial chambers. Because students receive academic credit, they may not receive monetary compensation. Placements provide an opportunity for substantive legal work under a lawyer’s supervision with regular feedback and mentorship.
Classes are held at the University of California Washington Center located near Dupont Circle at 1608 Rhode Island, Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., 20036.
Non-Clinical Course: The Fall 2013 course is Lawyers, Lobbying and the Law, which will be taught by Thomas Walls of Dentons LLP, and William Farah of McGuireWoods LLP. This course is 3 credits and is graded:
Lawyers, Lobbying and the Law: This course examines the practical techniques and tools employed by federal lobbyists, as well as the ethical and legal compliance issues they face. It places particular emphasis on lobbying by attorneys, as distinct from the experience of non-lawyer lobbyists.
D.C. Externship Clinic: A 10-credit course, consisting of two parts: 2 credits for the weekly two-hour seminar and 8 credits for the student’s work at the placement. Students receive a grade for one-half of these credits and receive a pass-fail designation for the other half.
The Application period opens for Spring 2014 on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. An information session will take place on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 12:30 in Classroom J (room 347). Applications are due by email to Jessica Heywood
by Friday, September 13, 2013 and must include the application form
, résumé, transcript and written statement of interest. Students accepted into the program are matched with possible placements based on demonstrated interest and other qualifications. Students will be notified if they have been accepted by a placement by October 25, 2013 at the latest.
Students are responsible for finding their own housing.
Increased financial aid is available for those participating in the D.C. program.
Please contact Jessica Heywood for additional information: email@example.com