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Externship Checklist

Registration

Note on Recent Updates

We are bringing the Externship Program into full compliance with the Caruso School of Law academic calendar and registration deadlines as determined by the Academic Dean, which includes an add/drop deadline each semester. 

Students who are unable to return their completed paperwork on the last day of the add/drop period due to external, extenuating, and unforeseen circumstances must complete an Externship Registration Deadline Extension Request by 5:00pm on the last day of add/drop period. See the Academic Calendar for the last day of the add/drop period.

Step One: Complete an Understanding of Externship Guidelines

Students must review the guidelines and indicate their understanding of the expectations for externs by completing an Understanding of Externship Guidelines.

Step Two: Seek Placement Approval

The Director of Externships, Professor Sophia Hamilton, must approval all placements before students register for an externship. Students may seek approval via one of the options below:

  • If this is your first semester at the placement, schedule a meeting with Professor Hamilton
  • If you are continuing at a previous placement, complete a Continuing Placement Statement. Professor Hamilton will contact students via email with approval and/or questions

Step Three: Complete a Registration Packet

Students provide their placement and registration information on one of these forms. Students must complete a Registration Packet before each semester of externship.

Step Four: Obtain a Confirmation of Externship Offer

In order to verify the offer of employment and ensure that Field Supervisors are aware that students are receiving academic credit for their work, students must obtain a Confirmation of Externship Offer signed by their Field Supervisor (supervising attorney at their placement). Students may have this form signed in person or request an electronic signature.

Step Five: Return Completed Paperwork

Return all completed paperwork to the Clinical Program Manager in 104B or to clinicallaw@pepperdine.edu. The Clinical Program Manager will register students once the registration paperwork has been received. Students must return completed paperwork to the Clinical Program Manager by the last day of the add/drop period, meaning students should initiate registration well before this date. See the Academic Calendar for the last day of add/drop.

Students who are unable to return their completed paperwork due to external, extentuating, and unforeseen circumstances must complete an Externship Registration Deadline Extension Request by 5:00pm on the last day of add/drop.


If you have any questions or problems during your externship, please contact Professor Sophia Hamilton or the Clinical Program Manager: 310.506.7449 or clinicallaw@pepperdine.edu.