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For more information on externships, contact:

Angela M. Doss
Director of Externship Programs and Coordinator of Academic Success
amdoss@uark.edu
(479) 575-2606


School of Law
1045 W. Maple St.
Robert A. Leflar Law Center
Waterman Hall
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Phone: (479) 575-5601

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Types of Externships

Corporate Counsel

Provides students with exposure to the practice of corporate counsel and legal issues faced by corporate counsel on a daily basis in a traditional legal department or in business, compliance, or capacity.

Duties and obligations may include various projects involving research, review and preparation of contracts, telephone and other meetings, collaboration with other departments, preparation of reports and presentations.

4 credit hours (224 total hours, 16 hrs/week for 14 weeks Fall & Spring, 19 hrs/week for 12 weeks Summer)

Criminal Defense

Provides students with exposure to the practice of criminal law from the perspective of criminal defense counsel and the manner in which academic areas of learning are implemented in practice, such as evidence and criminal procedure.

Duties and obligations may include research on cases, preparation of pleas, motions, memoranda or other writing assignments, interviews of defendants and witnesses, and observation and discussion of courtroom proceedings.

3 credit hours (168 total hours, 12 hrs/week for 14 weeks Fall & Spring, 14 hrs/week for 12 weeks Summer)

Criminal Prosecution

Provides students with exposure to the practice of criminal law from the perspective of the prosecuting attorney and the manner in which academic areas of learning are implemented in practice, such as evidence and criminal procedure.

Duties and obligations may include research on cases, preparation of charges, motions, memoranda or other writing assignments, interviews of defendants and witnesses, and observation and discussion of courtroom proceedings.

3 credit hours (168 total hours, 12 hrs/week for 14 weeks Fall & Spring, 14 hrs/week for 12 weeks Summer)

Government

Provides students with exposure to the practice of attorneys in government agencies and offices, as well as in working committees appointed by a state supreme court;

Duties and obligations may include research, drafting regulations, ordinances, and rules, preparation of opinions and other reports, observation of public meetings

3 credit hours (168 total hours, 12 hrs/week for 14 weeks Fall & Spring, 14 hrs/week for 12 weeks Summer)

International (summer only)

Provides students with exposure to the practice of international law and transnational legal transactions

Duties and obligations may include research, preparation of memoranda or other writing assignments, observation and discussion of legal proceedings

3 credit hours (168 total hours, 14 hrs/week for 12 weeks Summer)

Judicial

Provides students with exposure to the working court system and the manner in which academic areas of learning are implemented in practice, such as evidence and civil procedure.

Duties and obligations may include research on docketed cases, preparation of memoranda or orders or other writing assignments, consultation with law clerks, and observation and discussion of courtroom proceedings.

3 credit hours (168 total hours, 12 hrs/week for 14 weeks Fall & Spring, 14 hrs/week for 12 weeks Summer)

Legislative (3L only)

Provides students with the opportunity to gain familiarity with the structure and procedures in the legislative process by attending hearings, legislator meetings, constituent meetings, and floor observation (when legislature is in session).

Duties and obligations may include observation of and assistance in day-to-day operations of the office, special projects, communicating with constituents, research and preparation of proposals and recommendations to the legislator on funding or other matters, preparation of memoranda, and attending conferences.

2 or 3 credit hours (112 or 168 total hours, 8 or 12 hrs/week for 14 weeks Fall & Spring, 9.5 or 14 hrs/week for 12 weeks Summer) To earn 3 credit hours, the extern must spend all or a substantial amount of time on-site in either Washington, D.C. or in the state capitol during a legislative session.

Additional Requirements: 60 hours of completed studies, grade of “C” or higher in Professional Responsibility.

Public Interest

Provides students with exposure to a wide range of public interest and service practice environments.

Duties and obligations may include research, preparation of legal memoranda, attending client meetings and court proceedings, and collecting information from clients.

3 credit hours (168 total hours, 12 hrs/week for 14 weeks Fall & Spring, 14 hrs/week for 12 weeks Summer)

Requirements: XV eligibility may enhance experience, but not required

School of Law

1045 W. Maple St.
Robert A. Leflar Law Center
Waterman Hall
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Phone: (479) 575-5601

Law School Directory

University of Arkansas School of Law