Academic Externships

Experiential Learning

Field Placements

The externship program at The University of Tulsa College of Law offers 2L and 3L students the opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining practical, live client experience in the field.  Students work in a legal setting under the supervision of a licensed attorney or judge while also taking a contemporaneous academic course which provides the opportunity for reflection and additional substantive knowledge. 

Externship opportunities exist in a broad range of civil and criminal litigation as well as transactional law.  In addition to the many placement opportunities provided by the College of Law, students can also secure their own placement, subject to approval, or work directly with the director to create an experience tailored to the student’s individual preferences.

Advantages for Students

The opportunity to move from thinking like a lawyer in the classroom to thinking like a lawyer in a practice setting.

  • Obtain significant experience and knowledge in a specialized area of law through practical experience augmented by classroom learning
  • Enhance research and writing as well as analytical skills
  • Develop professional skills including client service, case responsibility and management, application of ethical and legal principles in practice, and networking with legal professionals
  • Acquire lawyering skills by working with live clients and solving real problems
  • Earn the ability to present themselves to future employers as “practice-ready”

Types of Placements Available

  • Federal, state and tribal courts
  • Law firms
  • Government agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Corporate legal departments and other companies

Exposure to Different Areas of Law

Bankruptcy Immigration Law
Business/Corporate/Banking Intellectual Property 
Criminal Law and Procedure International Law 
Domestic Violence Judiciary
Energy Law  Litigation 
Entertainment Law Native American Law
Environmental Law Public Interest/Social Justice
Estate Planning Public Policy
Foundations/Trusts Real Estate Transactions
Family Law/Child Advocacy Social Security Law
Government Affairs Tax Law
Health Law Trial Advocacy
Human Rights

Opportunities are available locally and throughout the country.

Full semester out-of-state placements are available during the summers and/or the last semester of the 3L year.

Christy Caves
Assistant Dean and Director of Experiential Learning