Externships

The Externship Program gives students the opportunity to gain legal experience in the community and simultaneously receive feedback on their work from seasoned professionals with guidance and support from a faculty member. An externship enables selected second- and third-year students to apply the theories and skills gained in the classroom to a real-life legal setting. Through an externship a student may deepen his or her knowledge of a particular substantive area already explored in the classroom or broaden his or her understanding of the practice of law in a setting in which he or she might not otherwise work. A concurrent seminar taught by the Program Director facilitates the students' integration of the experience and encourages the extern to become a reflective practitioner and self-directed learner. Students are selected for the program based upon application and earn six credits for participation. Some externships require prerequisite coursework. Externs work 18 hours per week over the course of the semester in placements which may include, among others: Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Maine Attorney General's Office, U.S. Attorney, University Counsel of the University of Maine System, Worker's Compensation Board - Advocacy Division, and the Conservation Law Foundation.