Externship Program

Grace Clements at her Lionsgate externship
Grace Clements at her Lionsgate externship

Southwestern’s ​Externship Program​, one of the largest in the country, provides students with an opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom and directly experience the attorney’s role through a variety of structured on-site placements. In the past several years, we have had about 400 externships each year. About three-quarters of our students complete at least one externship, and more than a quarter take two externships as part of their J.D. curriculum. The ​variety of legal settings​ ranges from the California Attorney General’s Office to Warner Music Group, from the Alliance for Children’s Rights to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, and from the California Supreme Court to the United States Court of Appeals. ​