The law school's externships take advantage of Connecticut's liberal student-practice rule and Quinnipiac's abundant contacts in the legal community to allow second- and third-year students to gain real-world lawyering experience.

Before your externship semester begins, you'll work with faculty to identify which field placement is best suited to your background and interests. Accommodating your preference will likely be simple, since more than 300 lawyers, judges and mediators participate in our program as mentors who willingly share their wisdom with Quinnipiac students.

You could earn between 3 and 6 credits spending between 10 and 22 hours per week at their placement sites. You'll communicate and collaborate with faculty and mentors throughout the externship, both informally and in structured assessment conferences.

Biweekly seminar meetings allow you to share your experiences with classmates and teachers and to develop thoughtful critiques of the systems within which you now work.

Faculty members review student journal entries and work and are available outside of class to discuss individual concerns.

Finally, an on-site meeting during the latter part of the semester brings student, faculty supervisor and field supervisor together again.

Some limited "semester-in-practice" externships are also available, particularly in Los Angeles, as part of the new QU in LA program. Students may learn full-time at a placement and earn a full semester's worth of academic credit.

An Externship is not an Internship
The two words are so alike, it's easy to think externships and internships are one and the same. Not so!

An externship is an academic program that allows you to earn course credit for unpaid work in a real-life setting within the legal field. Faculty members arrange externship placements, teach the classroom components of externship courses, and work closely with the lawyers, judges and mediators who supervise your work at your placement site to ensure that you learn as much as possible from your externship experience.

An internship, while facilitated by the School of Law through our Career Services office, is not a law school course. Rather, it is a not-for-credit opportunity to gain practical experience by working in a real-life legal setting. Some internships are paid positions, others are volunteer.

Through both externships and internships, you not only can develop lawyering skills and explore career options, you also can forge valuable relationships that can lead to employment opportunities after graduation.

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