Welcome to the General Externship Program

Mission Statement:
The General Externship Program at Texas A&M School of Law offers our students the opportunity to earn academic credit for performing legal and law-related work outside of the classroom in approved legal settings, such as government entities, public interest organizations, corporate legal departments, law firms, and courts. Its mission: To provide practical, meaningful and substantive hands-on experience to compliment and build upon a student’s classroom learning. Under the supervision and mentorship of attorneys or judges, students apply their academic learning to real world issues and cases, gaining valuable insight into the practice of law and the operations of legal institutions and thereby becoming better prepared for practice upon graduation.

To achieve this objective, the educational goals of the program are to have students:

  1. Improve their lawyering skills such as research, writing, analysis, and oral advocacy,
  2. Increase their understanding of the range of skills necessary to effectively perform legal and law-related work,
  3. Develop their understanding of substantive law, and the legal or law-related issues facing the host organization and its mission,
  4. Enhance their understanding of the issues related to professionalism, professional responsibility and other workplace issues which arise in legal practice and in professional work environments,
  5. Develop productive working relationships, and
  6. Engage in critical self-reflection to promote self-directed, lifelong learning.