Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Externship: Public Interest



Public Interest externships place students with various non-profit organizations, which serve the public interest and meet the legal needs of those who cannot afford legal services. Some examples include Public Counsel, Alliance for Children's Rights, and Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law. Public interest placements expose students to various areas or the law, such as housing, employment, family law, and human rights. Externs work closely with experienced attorneys on a range of projects, including client intake, research and analysis, document drafting, negotiating, and counseling. The field placement is complimented by an academic component, which is primarily administered online. In order to enroll in this course, students must timely apply through the Externship Program and obtain the approval of the Externship Office. For specific details, please see the Externship Policies & Guidelines as well as the list of Approved Placements, available in the Externship Office (W231) and online.


Please check with the Externship Office and placement descriptions for prerequisites.