students at dc semester in practice

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 Spring 2015 course is Comparative Constitution Making. This course is 3 credits and is graded: Countries around the world are drafting or re-drafting their constitutions.  This class considers what should be in those constitutions, and how countries might consider drafting those constitutions. Readings include constitutional text, cases and commentaries from the United States and from abroad.  Requirements include reading, a reaction paper, a short research paper, and several constitution-drafting exercises.
    • Professor David Fontana, George Washington School of Law

  • 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.
Application Process
Applications are due by email to Jessica Heywood on September 24, 2014 and must include the application form, résumé, unofficial transcript and written statement of interest. Accepted students are matched with possible placements based on demonstrated interest and other qualifications. 
Ms. Heywood will be in Athens and available for meetings September 15-17.  Additionally, an information table will be outside of Jittery Joe's in the Law School 2:00-4:00 Tuesday, September 16. Please stop by!
Students are responsible to find their own housing.
Financial Aid
Increased financial aid is available for those participating in the D.C. Semester in Practice program.
Please contact Jessica Heywood for additional information: or 202.494.0035.