Semester in Practice

The Semester in Practice program offers full time, semester-long externships with our partner agencies and public interest organizations in Washington DC, New York City, Atlanta and North Carolina. The program is designed as a capstone experience for students interested in a particular area of practice or skills set who will spend the semester off campus externing full time with the host organization.

Students are trained and mentored by on-site supervisors at the host organization. In addition, the Externship Program’s faculty, supervisors guide and facilitate the student’s exploration of their experience through virtual classroom discussion, journal writing and individual conferences. Participating sites in Washington DC include various divisions in the Department of Justice; the Federal Communications Commission; the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; the Department of Health and Human Services; and the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Students also regularly extern with the Securities and Exchange Commission in New York City and Atlanta, as well as the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. 

The Externship Program recently launched a new partnership with corporate counsel in Charlotte, NC and offers in-house placement with corporate sites including EnPro, TIAA Bank, Atrium Health and Passport.

Students participating in the Semester in Practice program receive 12 units of pass/fail credit. Placement in this program is by application only and requires the approval of Professor Savasta-Kennedy. There are often specific course requirements to apply to these sites, as well as a GPA of 3.2 or above. Up to 15 students may participate in the fall of their 3L year. For more information, contact Professor Maria Savasta-Kennedy.