Eligibility, Securing a Placement, Application Process, and Forms

Eligibility and Requirements

1. Students who wish to earn academic credit through an externship must meet the following criteria:

  • Pass all 1L Required Courses and have a 2.0 or higher GPA;
  • Agree to not be compensated for work completed during the externship;
  • Agree to not work on a paid basis in a law-related position while participating in an externship; and
  • Agree to not work on an unpaid basis in a law-related position if doing so could create conflicts of interest or confidentiality problems that would violate the letter or the spirit of the Oklahoma Rules of Professional Conduct (See Appendix 3-A).

2. Students must work 45 hours for each credit hour for which they are enrolled.  See Academic Credit for Externships (PDF). Externships are subject to academic credit hour limits, as follows:

  • Minimum Externship Credit Hours:  2
  • Maximum Judicial Externship Credit Hours:  5 (Federal Court), 3 (State Court)
  • Maximum Externship Credit Hours: 12
  • Subject to the maximum limit of 12 academic credit hours that can be earned in non-classroom courses which includes Advocacy Competitions, Law Journals, Externships or any other Internship in which academic credit is granted.

3. To successfully complete the course, students must:

  • Submit time sheets, daily journals and a final reflective paper at the direction of the professor or the externship director;
  • Regularly attend and complete all requirements of the course component of the externship, unless the student has completed it during a previous academic term; and
  • Obtain a passing grade to be determined by the professor of the course component (grades are assigned on Pass/Fail basis).

How to Secure an Externship

The Director of Experiential Learning will work with each student individually to assist in obtaining an appropriate and approved externship.  Additionally, informational sessions are offered each semester allowing students to learn about the various opportunities available, as well as the application process.  There are three ways to secure an externship:

  1. Students may select from a wide variety of externship opportunities that are available each semester.  All externships are posted for review and application on Symplicity and students may apply for more than one to ensure a placement.  They can be found by searching for “Externships for Credit” under the postings section.  Applications are collected in the fall semester for spring placements and in the spring semester for summer and fall placements.  TU College of Law will prepare resume packets and send them to participating extern supervisors for review and consideration.
  2. Students may secure their own externship placement and submit all required application documents for consideration and approval by the director.
  3. Students may work individually with the director to create and secure an externship based on the student’s specific interests and geographic preferences.  Students may request an individual appointment with the director at any time via Symplicity.

Application Process and Required Forms

(Materials needed after an externship has been secured)

Externship Packet  containing all of the necessary information and required forms as listed below.

1. After having secured an externship with an eligible supervisor, the student must submit the following documents for approval:

2. If your supervisor has not previously been approved by the College of Law, your supervisor must also submit the following document: Request for Approval of Student Extern Supervisor (completed by supervisor).

3. Application documents must be submitted to:

Marta Swanson
Assistant to the Associate Dean
The University of Tulsa College of Law
3120 East Fourth Place
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104
918.631.2402 phone
918.631.2194 fax

4. All externships must be approved by the last day of class of the preceding semester before finals commence.  Once the externship has been approved by the director, you will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate externship course for credit.  Students are not allowed to enroll themselves in externship courses.

Christy Caves
Associate Dean and Director of Experiential Learning