Application Process:

The Residency Externship Program in Public Policy is a capstone program that gives preference to applicants who:
  1. are in their final semester 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.
REP-PP-DC-group-6174-1560* Students who are not in their final year of law school may apply and may be accepted subject to the number of slots available.


First Cut Application Deadlines:

All application materials for the Spring 2018 REP-PP program should be submitted through the Residency Externship Program in Public Policy webpage ( no later than April 14, 2017.


Students will be notified by April 19, 2017, if they must come in for an interview. If interviews are scheduled, they will take place on April 20 and April 21, 2017.


Students will be notified by 10:00 p.m. CDT, April 24, 2017, if they have been accepted into the Program. Students will have until 10:00 p.m. CDT, April 31, 2017, to notify Professor Rich of their desire to accept a position in the Program.

Placement Requirement:

Students will be required to have a confirmed placement no later than December 8, 2017, 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.

Application Materials:

  1. The completed application webform ​(available below);
    A single multi-page pdf with all the additional materials listed below (#2-5), in the order listed, MUST BE uploaded in the application webform before clicking "submit."

  2. A current resume;

  3. A brief statement (no more than 500 words) 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; and
    4. reasons for choosing the city designated;
  4. A list of 3-5 specific public sector agencies or entities at which the applicant would like to work. If the applicant selects the United States House of Representatives, for example, please indicate on which Committee;

  5. A copy of the applicant’s transcript (an unofficial transcript from Howdy is acceptable).

Additional Information:

For more information, please contact Professor Lisa A. Rich, REP-PP Director, at and visit the Program's webpage at

Application Form:

90 (ninety) credit hours are required for graduation. The entire Residency Externship Program in Public Policy provides students with 13 (thirteen) credits.
Texas A&M University School of Law has a cap of 18 (eighteen) Pass/Fail Credit Hours that a student may take. The Residency Externship Program in Public Policy requires 9 (nine) Pass/Fail Credit Hours for participation.
* Indicate To Which Program You Are Applying (You May Only Apply to One):

* Additional Application Materials File Upload
Upload a single multi-page pdf with the additional application materials in order of #2-5 from the "Application Materials" list above.