Finding a Placement and the Application Process

Finding a Placement

Externships-JRBExtern Charlie Amiot (seated at right) at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth

Students are responsible for securing their externship. The Externship Director will assist students in identifying opportunities, and will provide counseling about options and the process, but cannot guarantee a placement.

A list of attorneys/organizations currently approved as externship placements ​is available here. These opportunities will vary each semester depending on attorney/placement participation.

Students can apply for externship opportunities posted on R.E.V.S., or identify their own placement and apply to have it approved as an externship.

Regardless of how a student identifies an opportunity, all students must submit an application by the appropriate deadline and be approved to participate in the program by the Extern Director.

Public Interest/Government/Judicial Opportunities:

Organizations who have been approved as placements and actively seeking students will be posted in R.E.V.S. Many may participate in the Office of Career Services OCI & Resume Collect sessions. Students should apply according to the instructions provided in R.E.V.S. and must submit an application for approval to enroll in the externship program.

In-House/Law Firm Opportunities:

Pre-approved in-house and law firm placements accepting students for the upcoming semester will be posted in R.E.V.S. by the start of the application period.

Spring 2019 Deadlines:
Oct. 8-14:          Student Application Period
Oct. 15- 26:       Interview Period
Oct. 29:             Offers due to Extern Director; Last day for student preference revisions
Oct. 30-Nov. 5:  Matches released to students.

  • Students:
    • Apply only to those placements with whom you are willing to accept an offer.
    • Submit an application to enroll in externship, and rank your preferred placements by the last date of the application period.
    • If you wish to revise your rankings or withdraw your name from consideration for a placement with whom you have previously applied, you must do so by notifying the Extern Director by the last day of the interview period.
  • When postings close, resumes will be forwarded to the placements.
  • Placements will then directly contact students for interviews (although most will interview, some may select a student based on application materials).
  • At the end of the interview period, placements submit offers to the Extern Director. (If a placement offers you a spot early, kindly remind them they must submit the offers to the Extern Director.)
  • The Extern Director will match students and placements based on the rankings submitted. Although all efforts will be made to accommodate students’ preferences, students may not get their first choice. Once matches are made, students must accept the offer absent compelling reasons for declining. Thus, students not willing to accept an offer from any placement with whom they applied must withdraw their name from consideration for that placement by the last day of the interview period.
  • Once matches are made, students email the Director and placement to accept. Students must accept absent compelling reasons for declining, which must be approved by the Director.
  • Students register for the class.

Students Identifying Their Own Opportunities:

If you have secured an unpaid internship and would like externship credit, you must submit an application to Extern Director for approval. If the placement has not been previously approved, the placement must:

  • Complete the application-questionnaire and return it to the Extern Director; and;
  • Be available to discuss, either by phone or in-person, the program’s requirements and expectations with the Extern Director.

See Supervising Attorney Basic Responsibilities and the Supervising Attorney Eligibility and Application Process for further information.