Approved Externship Placements
Pepperdine students work in externship in Southern California, Washington D.C., and London during the Fall and Spring semesters. Students also work throughout the nation and the world during the summers through Pepperdine's diverse global programs.
Students may earn credit for legal work in courts, government agencies, public interest practices, corporate counsel offices, and law firms. Students earn credit based on their hours of supervised work on-site in these law offices. To promote critical reflection and to accelerate students' preparation from practice, students participate in faculty-guided workshops, critical journals, and assessment exercises. These ensure that the field placements offer excellent, high-quality experiences with effective mentorship from supervising attorneys. They also promote formative learning and wisdom for students entering the legal marketplace.
Prospective externs must secure their own placements. Current openings are available through Symplicity or the Career Development Office. New placements are eligible for approval if they meet the Clinical Program educational objectives and afford adequate field supervision.
Qualifying field placements may be in judicial, governmental, military, public interest and in-house corporate law offices. Private law firms will be approved if they are either (1) nonprofit public interest entities (cf. section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code), regardless of whether the student is paid or unpaid, or (2) a for-profit entity where the student is paid.
Please direct questions about qualifying placements to the Director of Externships, Professor Hamilton.
Previously Approved Placements
U.S. District Courts
District Attorney - Los Angeles
District Attorney - Ventura County
Federal Trade Commission
Los Angeles County Public Defender
Colorado Attorney General's Office
U.S. Air Force - Judge Advocate General Corps
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
USAO - Criminal Division
Ventura County Public Defender
Burbank City Attorney's Office
Pepperdine Center for Estate and Gift Planning
Denver District Attorney's Office
For a printable list of previously approved placements, click here.