London Program: Summer 2013
The International Externship Program
Pepperdine's London Program offers an International Externship Program in both the Summer and Fall Programs. Students who have participated in the international externship have found the experience to be an invaluable part of their law school career. In addition to enhancing their resume, students have profited from gaining first hand experience in law firms and benefited from the mentoring that the externship sponsors provide.
What is an Externship?
An externship is an unpaid work placement with a barrister, solicitor, U.S. law firm or international organization. Work must be supervised by a lawyer. In order to gain credit you will need to:
- Complete 60 hours of unpaid work for one unit, or 120 hours of unpaid work for two units. Note that London requires more hours than Malibu because London includes court visits, lectures and tours.
- Attend all required court visits, lectures and tours
- Submit 3 guided reflective journals
- Attend a Monthly Workshop
- Receive a positive evaluation from your clinical sponsor
- Return all required evaluation forms to the office
Why should I do an Externship in London?
- Externships give students an opportunity to gain valuable legal experience
- It will help you decide the sort of legal career you wish to pursue – or perhaps do not wish to pursue – once you graduate
- An ever-increasing number of American law firms are opening offices around the world and having international experience will enhance your resume – particularly if you decide you are interested in an international legal career
- You will be able to visit important institutions that have played a significant historical role in the development of the law in the United States. Past visits include the British Parliament, the Royal Courts of Justice, a Magistrates’ Court, the new UK Supreme Court, and the Old Bailey
How are Students matched with Externship Sponsors?
We try to match a student’s interests to an externship position – for example, whether you prefer a small firm or a large organisation, or you wish to gain more experience in a particular area of law such as immigration or entertainment law. Working with a barrister would be of particular interest for those students interested in advocacy and observing court work. Please give us as much information as possible about your skills (including language skills and any other relevant experience) so we can search for a suitable externship placement for you. Obviously, to some extent, the opportunities vary and may also be limited by the law firms that offer externships from year to year.
Am I guaranteed an Externship Placement?
The answer is, unfortunately, no. This is because it is up to the externship sponsor who they hire. However, we begin the interviewing process during the Spring term with the goal of having you placed before you arrive in London. This is why it is essential that you submit your cover letter and resume as soon as possible.
On occasion, even though we have an externship placement arranged for you, the sponsor has had to cancel at the last minute. In that case we will do everything possible to find a replacement position for you. Historically, all students who have wanted an externship have been able to obtain one however, we cannot guarantee either interviews or placements.
Applying for an Externship:
Interested students should apply as instructed below as soon as possible but latest by March 1, 2013.
Students must submit the following materials:
- An up-to-date resume. Your resume needs to have been cleared with the Career Development Office before you send it to us.
- A formal cover letter addressed to Professor Christy Osborne incorporating the following:
- Are you interested in a one or two unit externship?
- Are you flexible as to the number of units you take?
- What areas of law are you interested in?
- What areas of law are you not interested in?
- Do you have any previous experience or have you taken any courses in your area of interest? If you are unsure about the area of law, you are welcome to indicate that you are just looking for legal experience.
- Do you have any language skills of which we should be aware? Are you specifically wanting to try and make use of your language skills if possible?
- Where (geographically) do you hope to work after graduating?
- What do you hope to do work-wise after you graduate?
Feel free to add any other information that you believe will be helpful in dentifying a good externship match for your skills and interests.
Please send all of your materials to Christy Osborne, International Externship Law Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Past Externship Placements have included:
- Center for Effective Dispute Resolution
- Hogan Lovells
- U.S. Dept of Justice at the U.S. Embassy
A Note About Externships and UK Immigration Laws:
Students who wish to obtain an externship placement are required to comply with UK immigration rules. Pursuant to the UK immigration rules currently in force, this will entail additional costs to obtain a short-term Tier 4 student visa. More information about visas can be found under the UK Immigration Requirements tab.
What do I need to do before I leave the US in order to prepare for the Externship?
- Bring your passport to Patty Hayes in the Dean’s Suite to be scanned and sent to Karen Haygreen, Program Co-ordinator.
- Karen Haygreen will generate a “CAS” number which will be sent to you
- Apply online for the visa and include your CAS number in the application
- Attend a biometric data appointment as directed when you make the application.
- Mail all relevant visa application supporting documents including your passport, an official transcript, letter of acceptance (obtained from Patty Hayes) and Financial Aid letter (if applicable), or bank statements to the UK Visa processing office address you are given when you make your visa application.
- Ensure that you have registered for the International Externship with the Registrars Office. If you have not registered your placement will be given to someone else.
- Pack business dress – you will need to wear professional clothes to interviews with potential sponsors, for work, and for our court visits