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The Law School’s unique geographic location, situated in the nation’s most historic legal center and within easy reach of New York City and Washington DC, offers students unparalleled externship opportunities to be at the forefront of legal practice in the nation’s most prominent government offices and non-profit organizations.  Students earn academic credit while gaining valuable experience under close supervision in a wide array of placements.  

Within the Law School, students participate in biweekly tutorials with faculty where they have an opportunity to discuss broader lawyering issues involving professional responsibility, delivery of services, legal institutions, lawyering competence, client relations, and other related issues that arise in each setting. Outside Penn Law, students meet regularly with their externship supervisors to receive feedback on the important legal work they perform at their placement site

Ad Hoc Externships

Students who have a demonstrated professional interest and commitment to a subject that they would like to study experientially that is not currently covered by course, clinical or seminar offerings, may propose an ad hoc externship for approval by the faculty in accordance with published guidelines.