Externship Program

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Campbell Law Externship Program

The Campbell Law Externship Program provides all students with a meaningful educational experience that supplements our commitment to skills training, while also receiving academic credit. Students observe and assist attorneys and judges in their work, developing an experiential understanding of what these attorneys and judges do and how they do it. Externships allow students to use their analytical skills, legal knowledge, and practical skills in practice. Further, they provide opportunities for students to develop lawyering skills including interviewing, counseling, negotiating, investigating, research and writing, and advocacy. This advocacy includes supervised legal representation to clients pursuant to the Rules of the North Carolina State Bar.

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Externs earn two credits for performing 120 hours of substantive legal work at an approved placement, in addition to completing academic assignments required by the Externship Program. While these cannot be purely administrative roles, we recognize that attorneys in certain settings are responsible for overseeing every aspect of a case, including file organization, scanning, copying, filing, trial notebook creation, etc. Therefore, we anticipate that externs who are in these placements will be exposed to such tasks.

85% of recent graduates completed one or more externships with corporate, government, non-profit, and pro bono private practice employers.

Recent Placements

  • Federal judges, prosecutors, public defenders, and agencies
  • State district attorneys, public defenders, and legal aid providers
  • State trial and appellate courts
  • State agencies, commissions, and boards
  • Bankruptcy judges and courts
  • City and county governments
  • Medical / health care
  • Civil rights agencies
  • Judge Advocates General Program (Military)
  • Corporate counsel, trade associations, and nonprofit organizations
  • Pro Bono work with private law firms

*Due to COVID-19, Summer and Fall 2020 externships can be remote, so long as students remain engaged with employers.

Next steps for students? Secure a placement, register for Externship Course I or II, and satisfactorily complete the classroom requirements for the semester. Discover more details here.

Supervising attorneys are integral to the Externship Program. Attorneys meet regularly with externs, provide feedback, help students identify goals (assigning projects or identifying learning opportunities in furtherance of those goals), and evaluate the student’s performance. The Externship Director supports supervisors by providing a program manual, engaging in periodic check-ins, and serving as a resource for questions throughout the semester. Many of our employer partners host Campbell Law externs throughout the year — summer, fall, and spring.

Click here to post available Externships
Externship Posting Guidelines — Earliest opening dates & earliest closing dates follow. Note: Each posting will be posted for three weeks and can be extended if there are no applications and/or at the request of the employer.
Extern Term     Class Levels   Earliest posting   Latest posting   Students available to start work
Fall 2020             2L, 3L                 5/1                         7/27                     First week of classes: 8/17/20
Spring 2021        2L, 3L                 9/15                       11/8                     Typically first full week of January
Summer 2021     1L, 2L                 12/28                      4/5                      Typically after graduation

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Niya Fonville

Director of Externships