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How to Register for the Judicial Extern Clinic

1. Contact Professor Alice Noble-Allgire ( to discuss your desired externship placement, number of academic credits, and the dates in which you plan to complete the externship. For new placement sites, you will need to ask the judge to complete a one-page application listing the experiences that will be available to the extern at that placement site.

2. Contact the placement site. Typically, your first contact should be through a letter of application sent to the judge who will be the placement site supervisor. Click here for template of Judge's letter. You should then follow up with a telephone call to determine whether the judge is willing to accept an extern during the desired time period and, if so, what additional steps (if any) the judge wants you to take to secure the externship.

3. Prepare for an interview. Some judges have a number of students applying for externships with them and conduct interviews before selecting one or two students as externs. You should prepare for this interview the same as with any legal job interview, which means professional attire, bringing additional copies of your resume and writing samples, and being prepared to answer questions about your background and experience. You should also take the additional step of researching the judge(s) for whom you want to extern: find out how long he/she has been on the bench, something about the judge’s educational and legal background, and something about the cases he/she has handled. Westlaw and Lexis are good tools for this purpose, offering an opportunity to research cases for which the judge has written an opinion (or has had reviewed in a written opinion on appeal) as well as newspaper articles about the judge and cases he/she has handled.

4. Register for the course. Report back to Professor Noble-Allgire when you have secured the externship and register for the course during the usual registration process.

5. Plan to attend the Pre-Externship Class.Students must complete a one-day orientation class at the law school before beginning their externship. This class is typically scheduled as follows:

Fall semester – First week of the semester.
Winter intersession – Saturday of the second week of Fall semester final exams.
Spring semester – First week of the semester.
Summer – Saturday of the second week of Spring semester final exams