Summer Law and Policy Externship

Credit Hours Vary

Overseeing Professors:
Jason Palmer, Associate Professor of Legal Skills

Program Description:
Students develop an understanding of the role of law in government and policy through a variety of summer Externship opportunities offered by organizations and governmental agencies in the Washington D.C. area. Typical duties involve reviewing documents, conducting research, drafting legal memoranda, and attending hearings. Students may earn additional credits through courses taken in conjunction with this program.

Placement Locations:
All placements for this program must be located in Washington, D.C. or the Washington D.C. metro area. Students are responsible for locating and then applying for the Externship through the government agency or non-profit organization's process.  Eligibility for credit is contingent upon approval of the placement by the overseeing professor before May 1st of the year the student interns.

Program Requirements:
• 40 hours per semester for each credit hour awarded;
• Orientation course during first week of the semester;
• Meet at least twice with overseeing professor (schedule is flexible and may be done via web or phone conference);
• Submit weekly time sheet on TWEN;
• Submit weekly journal entries on TWEN;
• Work product assignments;
• Academic activities assigned by the overseeing professor; and
• Final reflective paper.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Successful completion of all first-year required courses;
• Be in good academic standing;
• Pass background check (if required by hosting organization); and
• Fulfill any other requirements of the hosting agency.

Application Requirements:
Application procedures and deadlines for this program do not conform to other Stetson programs. Contact Professor Jason Palmer for more information on the application procedures for this program.