UCDC Law Program: Program Description

Students will receive 13 units for successful completion of the Program

10 units (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) for the full-time field placement and 3 units (graded) for the required companion seminar, "Law and Lawyering in the Nation's Capital." The Program is open to second year and third year students. Currently, there is no cap on enrollment. The program typically enrolls between 15 and 35 students.

Full Time Externship - 10 Units

The Program helps students identify quality placements and apply to them. Through the UCDC Program, UC Davis law students have been placed in offices including:

  • The White House
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Securities & Exchange Commission
  • Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
  • International Intellectual Property Institute
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fair Elections Legal Network
  • FDA, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • American Council on Education, Office of General Counsel
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights
  • Native American Rights Fund
  • National Public Radio

NOTE: The Law School Regulations, and all policies and procedures pertaining to King Hall externships generally, will pertain to the UCDC Program.

Seminar - 3 Units

All UCDC students must attend "Law and Lawyering in the Nation's Capital," a 3-credit once-a-week evening seminar with frequent guest speakers and lively class discussions. Students will be required to write a major paper on a legal topic relevant to their externship. A sample syllabus for the seminar is available.