College of Law > Academics > Experiential Learning > Externship Program > Frequently Asked Questions
General Note: Students should review the Externship Manual available on this website which will answer almost all of your questions and provide further detail.
Intensive Externship (3YP Program only)
No, students do not need the Externship Director’s approval to apply to an Externship posting. However, students are encouraged to contact the Externship Director for questions about the Externship Program.
After the student has been offered an Externship and wishes to receive academic credit for the Externship, he/she must apply by submitting the Externship Application available under Externship Forms on the Student Information page of the Externship website (click below).
Externship Student Information Page
First, please review the Externship Manual (click below) for an understanding of the Externship requirements. For a quick overview, you can also review the Externship Process and Registration Overview on the Student Information page of the Externship website (click below). Please note that students do not register themselves for the Externship program. Instead, the Externship Program will register the student once the student has been approved as set forth in the Overview and the Externship Manual.
The Externship Manual
Externship Program Student Information Page (Externship Process and Registration Overview)
LLM students at DePaul can participate in the Externship Program after the completion of their first semester of enrollment. LLM students should verify with the program director that the externship will count toward their degree requirements.
Students should apply for an Externship early enough prior to the beginning of the semester to enable the Externship Program to review the student’s application, vet the Externship Site, and execute an Affiliation Agreement with the Externship Site.
Externships are available for the following credit hours: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. The Externship Program manages Standard Externships for 2, 3, and 4 credit hours and the Third Year in Practice Program (3YP) manages Intensive Externships for 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 credit hours. A student may only participate in an Intensive Externship if they have been accepted into 3YP.
Yes, students can work an an Externship out of state. Please note, however, that students are limited in the number of distance education credits they can take. Please see the Student Handbook (click below) and the law school Academic Advisor for more information.
Externship Site positions are posted on the Externship website (click below). Please note that many Externship Site positions have firm application deadlines so please review the listings carefully. You are also encouraged to meet with the Externship Director to discuss your career interests to help determine which Externship opportunities might be a good fit for your career goals.
Externship Position Listings