UVA Law Externship Program Proves Popular with Students, Employers Fall 2014 Externship Placements

Cordel Faulk

Third-year law students (seated) Amy Herrera, Natasha Reed and Yan Gao are participating in the UVA Law in DC program this semester. Program participants meet for a seminar with Director of Externships Sprightley Ryan (standing) on Monday nights.

October 1, 2014

Just a year after it launched, the University of Virginia School of Law's externships program is thriving and seeking more participants.

"I am inundated with requests from potential externship hosts eager to have UVA Law students," Director of Externships A. Sprightley Ryan said.

The program offers three paths for students to receive academic credit for working full- or part-time in government and nonprofit positions. This fall, 13 third-year law students are working full-time in Washington, D.C., and taking an evening seminar as part of the UVA Law in DC program. Twelve students are working full-time in other locations around the world (with one in D.C.), and seven have part-time externships and work 10 hours a week locally. (Full list)

"There are externship possibilities almost everywhere," Ryan said. "I'm happy to help students find the perfect externship for them."  

Host organizations include federal government agencies both large — the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice — and small, such as the U.S. Copyright Office and the Administrative Conference of the U.S.  

Students discuss externships

Third-year law student Ashley Williams is one

of 13 students in the UVA Law in DC program.

Direct legal services nonprofits (Legal Aid DC, Catholic Charities, the Child Advocacy Clinic) and advocacy groups (the ACLU, the Pacific Legal Foundation) spanning a political spectrum also seek externs, Ryan said. Part-time placement options are available in Richmond at the Virginia Attorney General's Office, in Blacksburg at Virginia Tech and in Charlottesville at UVA, including at the General Counsel's Office, the School of Medicine and the Office of Immigration Services. The Rutherford Institute and the Albemarle County Attorney's Office are also in town and have hosted externs.

The deadline for applying to full-time spring 2015 externships is Oct. 15. More


Full-Time, Individualized Externships


Alameda County Public Defender, Alameda, California

City of Chicago Law Department, Chicago

County of Santa Barbara District Attorney's Office, Santa Barbara, California

International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, The Hague, The Netherlands

National Labor Relations Board, San Francisco, California

Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Special Prosecutions Unit, Boston

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Houston

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, New York City (2 students)


International Bar Association, London

National Public Radio, Washington, D.C.

Rutherford Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia

Part-Time Externships


Albemarle County Attorney's Office, Charlottesville, Virginia

Federal Public Defender's Office, Appellate Section, Charlottesville, Virginia

U.S. Attorney's Office, Appellate Section, W.D. Va., Charlottesville, Virginia

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

     Office of General Counsel

 School of Medicine, Office of Grants and Contracts


Rutherford Institute, Charlottesville, Virginia

Southern Environmental Law Center, Charlottesville, Virginia

Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Project, Washington, D.C., and Charlottesville, Virginia

UVA Law in DC


Federal Communications Commission, Office of Commissioner Clyburn

Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition

Government Accountability Office General Counsel's Office

Internal Revenue Service, Office of Chief Counsel

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Republican Office

U.S. Agency for International Development Office of General Counsel

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of the Principal

  Legal Advisor, Arlington Office of the Chief Counsel

U.S. Department of Justice

   Criminal Division, Organized Crime and Gangs Section

   Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Economic and Risk Analysis


American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

Student Press Law Center

Tahirih Justice Center

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