Application Process:

The Residency Externship Program in Public Policy is a capstone program that gives preference to applicants who:
  1. are in their second or third year of law school;
  2. have completed all required prerequisites prior to the start of the residency externship program;
  3. have a minimum cumulative gpa of 3.0; and
  4. do not have any Honor Code Violations.

First Cut Application Deadlines:

All application materials for the Spring REP-PP program should be submitted through REVS no later than July 15 Deadline Extended through September 3. Students who apply by July 15 will be guaranteed space in prerequisite courses in the Fall.


Students will be notified if they must​ participate in an interview. If interviews are scheduled, they will take place ​via phone in July.


Acceptance into the Program will be conditional until the Director verifies all information submitted by students. Students who apply by July 15 will be guaranteed space in prerequisite courses (including Drafting for Public Policy) and will be notified of acceptance by July 18. 
All students accepted in the program must confirm their acceptance into the program no later than September 8.

Placement Requirement:

Students will be required to have a confirmed placement no later than December ​​15 in order to participate in the Program.

Selection Criteria:

The Residency Externship Program in Public Policy is limited to a small number of students per residency city. Selection of participants will be based upon the applicant’s meeting the eligibility requirements and—
  1. Demonstrated interest in public service and public policy, and the role of the government lawyer in policymaking;
  2. Preparation for the externship through classes (aside from prerequisites), employment, or other activities – including those undertaken by an applicant while not attending the Law School; and
  3. Demonstrated excellence in legal research, analysis, and writing, as well as overall communication skills.

It is not anticipated that interviews will be conducted of applicants for the Program; however, the Law School reserves the right to do so.

Application Materials:

  1. The completed application webform in REVS under Experiential Learning;
    A single multi-page pdf with all the additional materials listed below (#2-5), in the order listed, MUST BE uploaded in the application ​on REVS before clicking "submit."
  2. A current resume;
  3. A brief statement (no more than 500 words) explaining the applicant’s interest in the D.C. or Austin Semester Program (designate ONE, not both, in your interest statement) that includes a discussion of the applicant’s:
    1. reasons for wanting to participate in the Program;
    2. preparation for participation in the Program (beyond taking any required prerequisites);
    3. interest and future plans (if any) to work in the public sector;
  4. A list of ​3-5 specific government agencies at which the applicant would like to work. If the applicant selects the United States Department of Justice, for example, please indicate in which Division. If interested in working with Congress or the Texas Legislature, please indicate the specific chamber and committee(s) of interest;
  5. A copy of the applicant’s transcript (an unofficial transcript from Howdy is acceptable).

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact Cecily Becker, Externship Director, at, and visit the Program's webpage at