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Externships for Current Students

Starting an Externship

Externships are a fantastic opportunity for students to combine practical experience with their theoretical course foundation.

All students in the Master's and the LLM program are required to complete one or two externships (depending on your program), unless they have chosen to write a thesis instead. Each externship is a two-unit experience.  Students are expected to complete 105 hours of fieldwork for every two units. Students must complete the following steps to secure an externship placement:

Meet with Your Academic Advisor

Meetings can be scheduled with your academic advisor to approve your proposal, or to discuss potential externship placements. This is a good opportunity to discuss your career goals and work towards finding an externship placement that best suits your needs and interests. To schedule an appointment please email joanna.reese@pepperdine.edu.

Interview with Placement

Finding the right externship placement is essential for both the student and the placement organization. Students should treat externship placement interviews as traditional job interviews.

Important Forms

Submit Externship Placement Form

Once an externship has been secured and approved, the Externship Placement Form must be completed and submitted to the Straus office. The Placement Form can be found in your externship packet, and must be signed by your externship supervisor.

Submit Academic Registration Form

Once the Placement Form is received, you must submit an add/drop form to the Externship Administrator. Students may not register for an externship via WaveNet.



Samuel Mancilla professional head shot

Externships provide you the opportunity to engage your interest in a professional setting (aka the real world), more importantly, they allow you to establish a professional rapport amongst those whom you seek to emulate. Professional rapport is what made the difference for me. After completing an externship at the DFEH, the experience gained, but more so, the established professional rapport, became the single most important factor, in what lead to being considered and subsequently hired as a mediator at the EEOC, Washington D.C. field office.

MDR '17