Academics and Clinicals
Judicial (2 to 6 or 12 units)
Part or full-time externships are available. Students work as staff in state and federal courtrooms, such as the CA Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, as well as all trial courts. Students may research legal issues, evaluate legal arguments, write judicial memoranda, draft opinions and orders and observe trials and law and motion.
Pre-requisites: Judicial Process Seminar 261 - required for full-time externships; recommended for part time.
Federal and State Taxation (2 to 6 units)
Students work with the Internal Revenue Service, the Franchise Tax Board, or the CA Board of Equalization learning about tax court litigation, collection practice and bankruptcy.
Pre-requisite: Federal Income Taxation 220
Legislative Process (2 to 4 units)
Students may work as staffers to legislators or legislative committees, the Governor's legislative staff or with one of Sacramento's many lobbying organizations.
Pre-requisite: Elections and Political Campaigns 240 - may be waived with permission
Public Interest (2 to 6 units)
Placements range from government agencies, such as the U.S. Attorneys Office, to nonprofit law firms and legal aid offices. Students provide direct legal services, community education, litigation, mediation, community economic development and lobbying.
Pre-requisites: Public Interest Seminar 293 - recommended
Criminal Justice (2 to 6 or 12 units)
Part or full-time externships are available. Students work in a criminal justice office, such as a county, state or federal prosecutor or defender's office. Emphasis is on observation and participation in factual investigation, interviewing, counseling, negotiating, motion practice, and trials.
Pre-requisites: Evidence 219; Criminal Procedure 227A; Criminal Law 1206; Trial Practice 263A - recommended
Environmental (2 to 4 units)
Students work in government, non-profit or private law offices engaged in environmental law work, such as allocation of scarce water resources, hazardous waste treatment, and protection of animal and plant species.
Pre-requisite: Environmental Law 285
Employment Relations (2 to 6 units)
Experience in employment relations, including discrimination and public sector labor law. Students work in employment and fair labor agencies.
Pre-requisites: Labor & Employment Law 251; Employment Discrimination 260; or Employment Law 260AT
Intellectual Property (2 to 6 units)
Students have the opportunity to work for government, academic, and nonprofit entities. Students perform a variety of functions related to evaluating, obtaining, and licensing intellectual property. Such activities may include assisting in patent prosecution, prior art searches, freedom to operate analyses, license drafting, and license negotiations.
Pre-requisites: Intellectual Property 274 or Patent Law 209A – both recommended