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JD Externships

Clinical externships at the School of Law enable students to integrate theoretical knowledge of the law with the development of professional skills through practical experience under the supervision of the faculty, the bench and the bar. The experience offers students a unique and invaluable perspective on the practice of law and the role of lawyers in society.

Participating law students develop and practice essential lawyering skills with real clients in the context of actual cases, and under the direction of supervising attorneys who have many years of experience in both legal practice and legal education. Students who participate in law school clinical programs often have a significant hiring advantage when seeking employment in that they develop skills bringing them closer to "practice readiness" upon graduation from law school.

Types of Externships and Past Placements

The School of Law offers five types of externships, all consisting of work in the field and faculty supervision, either in the form of a workshop or a faculty advisor. They are organized into the following courses of study:

  • Clinical Education Criminal Externship & Workshop
    (i.e., District Attorney, Public Defender)
  • Clinical Education Entertainment Externship & Workshop
    (i.e., Lionsgate, Sony Music)
  • Clinical Education Government Externship & Workshop
    (i.e., IRS, County Counsel)
  • Clinical Education Judicial Externship & Workshop
    (i.e., Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, US District Court,
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, California Superior Court)
  • Clinical Education Public Interest Externship & Workshop
    (i.e., Public Counsel, Bet Tzedek)

Criminal Law Placements

Past Criminal Law Placements

  • California Attorney General's Office - Criminal Division
  • Los Angeles City Attorney's Office - Citywide Nuisance Abatement Program
  • Los Angeles City Attorney's Office
  • Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender
  • Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
  • Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office
  • San Diego County District Attorney's Office
  • San Diego County Public Defender's Office
  • Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office
  • Santa Barbara County Public Defender's Office
  • United States Attorney's Office (Criminal)
  • United States Attorney's Office (Northern District of California)
  • Ventura County District Attorney's Office
  • Ventura County Public Defender's Office

Entertainment Law Placements

Past Entertainment Law Placements

  • BET Network
  • Catch Media
  • CBS, Inc.
  • Columbia Tristar Home Video
  • Comedy Central
  • Directors Guild of America, Inc.
  • DocStoc
  • Dreamworks
  • EMI North America/Capitol Records
  • EMI Recorded Music
  • Fox Broadcasting Company
  • Fox Channels Group
  • Fox Family Worldwide
  • Fox Television Stations
  • Fox, Inc.
  • Harvey Entertainment
  • Hearst Entertainment
  • Inferno Entertainment
  • Lifetime Television
  • Lionsgate Music and Publishing
  • Miramax Films
  • Motion Picture Association of America
  • MTV Networks
  • NBC/Universal
  • Newline Cinema
  • Nickelodeon
  • Paramount Pictures
  • Radar Pictures, Inc.
  • Rhino Entertainment
  • Screen Actors Guild
  • Sony Pictures
  • Warner Borthers (Corporate)
  • Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
  • Whatshotnow.com, Inc.
  • Writers and Artists Agency
  • Writers Guild of America, West, Inc.
  • Yari Film Group

Government Placements

Past Government Placements

  • California Attorney General's Office - Public Rights Division
  • Califomia Attorney General's Office - Civil Division
  • Califomia Department of Transportation
  • Department of Corporations
  • Deparfrnent of Fair Housing and Employment
  • Dependency Court Legal Services
  • Equal Employrnent Opportunity Commission
  • Federal Trade Conmmission
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Los Angeles County Counsel - Children and Family Services
  • Los Angeles County Counsel - Probate Division
  • Los Angeles County Counsel - Transportation Division
  • National Association of Securities Dealers
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • State Bar ofCalifonia
  • United States Attorney's Office (Civil)
  • United States Attorney's Office (Tax Division)

Judicial Placements

Federal Court Placements

  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • United States District Court
  • United States Immigration Court
  • United States Bankruptcy Court

California Court Placements

  • California Supreme Court
  • California Court of Appeal
  • Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • Orange County Superior Court
  • Ventura County Superior Court

Public Interest Placements

Past Public Interest Placements

  • ACLU Foundation of Southern California
  • Alliance for Children's Rights
  • Anti-Defamation League
  • Asian Pacific American Legal Center
  • Bet Tzedek Legal Services
  • Black Law Institute
  • Environmental Defense Center
  • Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law
  • HIV and AIDS Legal Services Alliance
  • Human Rights Project
  • Inner City Law Center
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Protection and Advocacy, Inc.
  • Public Counsel Law Center
  • Public Law Center
  • Rainbow Legal Services
  • Union Rescue Mission
  • Ventura County Family Law Clinic
  • Ventura County Self-Help Center