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“John Marshall’s externship program offers quality field placements that develop professional and practical skills while ensuring  successful and meaningful on-the-job performance.” Paul Nam, Graduate (’12)

Externship Overview

Students should consider their individual educational goals when selecting a field placement. Students should select placements that will offer the skills and knowledge base they need to enhance their educational and professional development.

The overall goals of the Externship Program are to:

  • Provide professional skills instruction in the following areas: problem solving, legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, fact investigation, interviewing and counseling, negotiation, organization and management
  • Provide students with opportunities to develop their written and oral communications
  • Instill fundamental values of the legal profession
  • Develop professional practice standards
  • Promote understanding of the roles played by the various “actors” in the judicial system
  • Promote understanding of the psychological and sociological factors that may affect an attorney’s ability to be an effective counselor and advocate for his or her clients
  • Provide opportunities for examining the application of legal doctrines learned in the classroom to the resolution of “real world” legal problems
  • Expose students to the importance of public service and the need for equal access and competent legal representation to all