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The Clinical Externship Program offers third year students an opportunity to observe and engage in the practical application of lawyering skills, while earning academic credit (full- or part-time) for 13 weeks during the fall, spring, or summer terms. The program does not allow externs to be compensated for their work; therefore, there is no financial obligation on your part as a supervising attorney.  

As a supervising attorney your responsibilities will include:

  • Assigning a variety of tasks tailored to the extern’s individual learning goals
  • Providing timely and thorough feedback on work assignments
  • Discussing matters of professional responsibility and ethics, etc.
  • Two required performance evaluations during and at the end of the externship trimester
  • Honoring the commitment in the Memorandum of Agreement (link below).

To become a supervising attorney:

  1. Please complete the Supervising Attorney Application. Submitting the application form will automatically send it to the Clinical Externship office.
  2. Please review the Supervising Attorney Handbook, which describes our Clinical Externship Program
  3. Once the Handbook has been reviewed, please sign and return the Memorandum of Agreement.

We thank you for your interest in working with our student externs and invite you to contact Program Administrator Ruth Briscoe by phone, 619-525-1438, or email, rbriscoe@cwsl.edu.