Welcome to the University of Florida Levin College of Law Academic Program. Externships combine work experience in a law practice setting with an academic component and allow students to earn credit for their experiences. Externships are available to second and third year students.
We encourage you to participate in an externship in order to: begin applying the doctrine learned in school to the practice of law; explore practice areas in which you have an interest; develop the professional skills needed in your future careers; develop a career network; and begin creating your legal work resumes.
UF Law offers externships in two different formats- Part-time externships or Semester in Practice externships.
Part-time externships– Second and third-year students may participate in 2-5 credit externships while also taking courses at the law school. The time commitment for these externships is 8-17 hours per week. Most part-time externships are conducted in person with organizations in North Central Florida.
Semester in Practice externships– Third-year students may participate in 6-10 credit externships, which allow them to work 21-35 hours a week in the location of their choice. Semester in Practice externships are immersive experiences, intended to help students prepare for their careers and post-graduation life. Students who enroll in a Semester in Practice externship also enroll in a mandatory two-credit Bridge to Practice course. To learn more about Semester in Practice and how to participate, please see our information guide.
Externships can be developed at a wide variety of sites, locally, state-wide and even nationwide. You may extern with a state or federal court; a federal, state or local agency; a public interest or legal services organization, or a corporate general counsel’s office. You may not extern for a private law firm or for an explicitly partisan organization.
To identify existing opportunities that match your interests or to find new opportunities, you can speak with your advisor, Professor Wolking or Dean Menendez. A list of previous externship sites is available in the Documents Library on Symplicity. Additionally, externship opportunities are regularly posted on Symplicity. Keep in mind, however, that not all opportunities make for appropriate externships. Please make sure that you confirm that you will be able to earn credit before you finalize your plans.
We also work with attorneys and judges who would like to work with our students. If you are interested in becoming an approved externship site, please complete the new externship site form and return it to email@example.com. We can advertise a position on Symplicity, our career services portal.
Externship credits vary depending on the number of hours you commit to working during the semester. You may register for 2-5 credits during the fall and spring semesters. For each credit that you register for, you must work 45 hours. Additionally, you are expected to work throughout the 13-week semester, even if you can complete your required hours earlier. Typically, students register for 2-3 credits for a Part-time Externship. You should speak with your site supervisor to determine how much work they will be able to give you during the semester. Keep in mind that you may not change your credits after drop/add, so be realistic as to how much you can work.
If during a fall or spring semester, you register for a Part-time or Semester in Practice externship, you will pay for those credits like all other credits- as part of your block tuition.
Under normal circumstances, you are not allowed to participate in remote externships. However, in response to the Covid 19 public health crisis, we are allowing students to work remotely during the fall of 2020. Even if a placement is remote, if the circumstances allow, we encourage you to have at occasional in person meeting with your supervisor. We will continue to evaluate the situation and make adjustments as needed for future semesters.
Students interested in participating in either a Part-time or a Semester in Practice externship should complete the Externship Registration Request form. Potential Semester in Practice students must speak with an advisor and receive approval for their externship plan before they are registered. Registration for either a Part-time or a Semester in Practice Externship is not automatic, as each request is reviewed to ensure that it meets the academic standards of the program.
If you have questions, please contact:
Professor Sarah Wolking
Director of Externships
Professor Silvia Menendez
Assoc. Dean for Experiential Learning