Academic Programs

Government Lawyering Externship Program

Through the Government Lawyering Externship Program (GLEP), students work at a state or federal agency. The seminar is taught by Ms. Jennifer Serafyn.


Students receive 3-5 credits (C/NC) for fieldwork and 2 credits (graded) for a weekly seminar. Students receive variable credits for the fieldwork component of the externship, determined as follows:

  • 3 credits = 150 hours total
  • 4 credits = 200 hours total
  • 5 credits = 250 hours total

With permission from the Office of Clinical Programs, students may receive 6, 7, 8 or 9 credits for the fieldwork (300, 350, 400 and 450 hours, respectively).

Application and Field Placement

The Government Lawyering Externship Program is offered in the fall to 2Ls and 3Ls (10-12 students). Interested students should apply through the Clinical Programs Application, available each April for participation the following academic year.

Upon acceptance to the Government Lawyering Externship Program program, the Office of Clinical Programs works with students to identify suitable field placements depending on each student's individual interests and career goals. The range of opportunities in the government is extensive and there are great options out there for every student.


The weekly seminar will explore topics including determining who the “client” is for purposes of the attorney-client relationship, the interaction with other government agencies, ethical and moral considerations unique to government attorneys, and the impact of politics on the work of a government lawyer. Students will write bi-weekly journals about their externship experience and will also write a final research paper.

For more course information: fieldwork; seminar.