Civil Litigation/Appellate Practice
Trying to decide how to spend your summer? Paid legal employment in the field of your choice is always a great option. But we know that paid summer positions jobs are not always available, especially for rising 2Ls. So what’s a student to do? This category lists options you shouldn’t overlook, including externships that provide a placement in an employment setting with exposure to practice in this area, fellowships or scholarships that students can apply for that support unpaid internships or externships in this field, summer study abroad programs that emphasize this field of law, and other relevant opportunities. Externships are for-credit experiential learning opportunities, where the student is supervised both by a lawyer at the placement and a faculty member, with educational requirements the student must meet. Financial aid is generally available for students who enroll in externships on the same terms as for other coursework.
Externships: There are numerous state and federal judicial externships as well as with state and federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Justice, and non-governmental organizations that engage primarily in litigation.
If you plan a career as a trial lawyer, you may want to consider trying out for the co-curricular Trial Team in your second year. To prepare for a career as an appellate lawyer, you may want to try out for the Moot Court team, another co-curricular activity.