Maine Law’s Externship Program allows students to work alongside seasoned attorneys and judges for academic credit. Depending on the placement, students in the Externship Program handle advocacy, policy, regulatory enforcement, and transactional legal matters, and may have the opportunity to practice as a student attorney during their third year of law school. Students in the Externship Program receive valuable feedback and mentoring from their placement supervisors – who are experienced judges and lawyers – and also from the Externship Professor and Director.
Eighty-five percent of the class of 2016 participated in our clinical or externship programs.
Recent externship placements include:
- Corporate – TD Bank N.A.; Cianbro Corporation; WEX; Foreside Financial Group, LLC
- Criminal – Offices of the United States Attorney and the Maine Attorney General, Federal Defender’s Office, various County District Attorney Offices
- Environmental – Conservation Law Foundation, Maine Attorney General’s Office – Natural Resources Division, Maine Department of Environmental Protection
- Health – InterMed P.A., Mercy Hospital, Maine Medical Association, Consumers for Affordable Health Care, Penobscot Community Health Care
- Judicial Externships – State District Court, State Superior Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. District Court (Maine), the U.S. Court of Appeals (First Circuit)
- Privacy – International Association of Privacy Professionals, Elsevier, RXAnte, Maine Attorney General’s Office – Public Access Ombudsman
- Public Interest – Disability Rights Maine, Legal Services for the Elderly, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP)
- Create Your Own Externship – In addition to regularly offered externship placements, students may also have the opportunity to create their own externships at any number of courts, agencies, or institutions.
- Semester in Practice – Washington, D.C. – Maine Law’s Semester in Practice Externship Program allows selected students to spend an entire spring semester working with a federal agency in Washington, D.C. This is a full-time externship, which provides 12-14 credits for the semester and allows students to work with agency attorneys.
Rachel Reeves, Esq.
Director of Field Placement Programs and Adjunct Professor
Administrative Coordinator for Career Services and Field Placement Programs