The externship program provides numerous placement options. The different types of placements generally fall into:
- Public Defense
- Legal Aid
- Social Justice
- Pro Bono / Law Firm
The common link for all categories is that the various placements engage in not-for-profit public service related legal work.
A listing of possible placements can be found on the Placements List page. This list contains information about offices where students have been placed as for-credit externs in the past or that have expressed an interest in accepting UM Law externs. Students are not limited to the listed placements.
Generally every judge, prosecutor, public defender, legal aid, governmental agency and other not-for-profit organization in Mississippi is amenable to mentor UM law students. A student who has identified a legal office that otherwise fits the parameters of the program is encouraged to pursue such placement.
Placements are not limited to Mississippi. A student seeking a placement with an out-of-state office not listed below, is encouraged to contact such office. In doing so, the student should let the office know he or she is seeking to do an academic for-credit externship placement since there are certain parameters a placement office has to fulfill. These parameters, all intended to ensure an educationally fulfilling experience for the students, are discussed in the Externship Supervisor Attorney Handbook (forthcoming). Please note that new placements also need to complete the Field Placement Supervisor Application form (forthcoming).
In choosing a placement, a student generally considers the type of placement and the geographical location. With this in mind, the placement list is searchable by name, type, city and state. Once a student has familiarized himself or herself with possible placements and identified one or several placement options, he or she should complete and turn in the externship application. Further information regarding the application process can be found under the application page.