The University of Mississippi School of Law is proud to provide a rich and varied externship program. Through this program, law students have an opportunity to integrate the theoretical knowledge gained from traditional law school classes with the practical experience that comes from externing in a public service, governmental or judicial setting.

The externship program is open to second and third year students with preference going to third year students. Students can do externship placements throughout the academic year.  The program consists of several general types of placements:

  • Prosecution
  • Public Defense
  • Legal Aid
  • Judicial
  • Government
  • Social Justice
  • Medical
  • Sports
  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Pro Bono / Law Firm

A listing of possible placements can be found under the placements page.

Students participating in the externship program earn between three and twelve pass/fail academic credit hours, fulfill certain requirements such as maintaining a daily log, a contemporaneous journal and author a reflective essay. Externs also meet weekly in a seminar class. Further information pertaining to the parameters of the program can be found on the general information page, while downloadable copies of the forms can be found on the forms page.

Certain jurisdictions and placements permit third year students to be sworn-in as limited practice students. Further information pertaining to limited practice as a student-attorney can be found on the limited practice page.

Students interested in participating in the externship program are encouraged to review these pages, attend informational meetings held each semester, as well as to peruse the information found on the question-answer page. Applications for the program are accepted on a rolling basis, however, the earlier an application is submitted, the greater the chance of obtaining a particular placement. Semester specific application deadlines also apply. The application form and further information can be found on the application page.

Please contact Professor Hans Sinha, Director Externship Program, or Celeste Sherwood, Administrative Assistant Externship Program, should you have questions or need additional information.