Charleston School of Law Externship Program

Charleston School of Law Externship Program
The Charleston School of Law offers an opportunity for college law students to work in a legal setting and gain career experience outside the classroom. The externship program is designed for students to gain practical experience in a variety of legal professions and earn college credit at the same time.

Students who have completed their first year of law school and are in good academic standing may apply. They begin by taking the Externship Course. They may then apply for an externship position. Students may work in a variety of positions throughout the community in a legal capacity. Examples include South Carolina Supreme Court, Charleston County Public Defender's Office, U.S. Attorney's Office, U.S. District Court, City of Charleston Housing Authority, and many more.


The externship courses are available in the fall, spring and summer. In order to receive two credit hours, students must work 104 hours in their externship position, and 160 hours in order to receive three credit hours. In addition, a mandatory eight hours of classroom sessions must be completed. Students may choose available positions from the externship site; positions are located within the areas of education, non-profit, judicial or governmental offices.

All students applying for the externship program must have a School of Law faculty sponsor. The faculty sponsor will guide them through the externship to ensure the student continues to meet all the requirements of the externship course. Students must keep time logs and journal entries that reflect on their experiences throughout the externship.

The location is usually in SOUTH CAROLINA.

To apply for an externship, visit:
www.charlestonlaw.edu/Academic-Affairs/Externships.aspx

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