Clinical Externship Program
The University of Mississippi School of Law offers second and third-year students diverse and exciting externship opportunities during the school year and in the summer, with placements ranging from three credit hours to twelve. Externs integrate the theoretical knowledge gained from traditional law school classes with the practical experience of working in a public service, governmental or judicial setting. Externships include placements in prosecution, public defense, government, legal services, social justice, medical, judicial, sports, education, entertainment, and in law firm pro bono offices. The Director also works to assist students interested in a particular opportunity to develop their own placements.
The Law School’s Clinical Externship Program places law students with governmental and public service organizations as for-credit externs, enabling the students to combine their theoretical course knowledge with the actual practice of law in true mentorship environments where they are encouraged to learn through observation and doing.
Students seeking to be sworn-in must read their jurisdiction’s pertinent rule regarding student-attorneys, consult the applicable rule (generally a state supreme court rule and or federal district court rule), and ensure he or she meets all qualifications.
Externship Placement Questions:
If I do an externship placement during the summer term, must I coordinate my start and end dates around the official summer term schedule?
I know where I want to do my externship placement. May I contact the placement directly to see if they will accept me as an extern?
Application and Forms
The externship program relies upon certain forms to document a student’s participation in the program, enable timely feedback and evaluation, and provide general information to students and placement offices alike. These forms are grouped below under Student and Supervisor categories.
The informational documents appear in a read-only format, while the documents meant to be completed and submitted are in a format that enables the user to download them to a computer, edit and then save and attach to an email. In order to edit such a document, please click on the appropriate link below, depending on your browser, the document may download to your computer or open in a browser window. If the form opens in your browser, right click on the document and save it to your computer, do not fill the form out in your browser as the fields will not save. Once it is downloaded, you can edit it, save it and attach it to an email.
Student / Extern Documents
- Externship Program General Information (PDF, read only)
- Externship Student Application (PDF, editable)
- Extern Information (PDF, editable)
- Placement Plan (PDF, editable)
- Weekly Time Log (PDF, editable)
- Weekly Time Log – Example (PDF, read only)
- Journal (Word DOC, editable)
- Mid-Placement Evaluation (PDF, editable)
- Final Evaluation (PDF, editable)
- Student Evaluation (PDF, editable)
- Requirements Summary (PDF, editable)
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
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. You are encouraged to contact out-of-state offices about placements. Let them know you want to do an academic externship for credit and what the requirements are.
The law school is mindful of the fact that quality and educationally fulfilling externship placements would not be possible without the dedication of the attorneys and staff in the offices that accept our students as for-credit externs. For this we thank all who work with and mentor our students.