Externship Program: Information for Sponsors

Thank you for your interest in Santa Clara Law and our Externship Program. We are mindful that without great sponsors, mentors, and opportunities, our students and our Program cannot continue to thrive.

Sponsor Requirements

The ExPro is a law school class. As such, it runs concurrent to the academic semester. Extern students earn units for legal work completed with the sponsoring organization while taking a companion class here at the Law School.

In order to ensure a challenging and rewarding experience for our students while remaining sensitive to supervisor workloads and responsibilities, sponsoring supervisors must:

  • Be licensed attorneys, or individuals otherwise qualified to supervise
  • Have at least five (5) years practice/industry experience
  • Have direct supervision over student extern
  • Give meaningful, consistent, and regularly-scheduled feedback on all assignments given
  • Have dedicated office space and equipment for extern student, as students are not allowed to work remotely
  • Assign substantive legal (i.e., not administrative) work; all administrative tasks may not exceed 10% of extern workload
  • Ensure student is consistently engaged in their externship placement for the entire 14-week (fall and spring), or 8-week (summer) semester; students may not front-load or back-load hours

Students Earn Units

Students coordinate their schedules directly with their supervisor and must do so prior to registering with the ExPro. Students also register for an online class that is taken concurrent to their externship.

Students earn 1 academic unit for every 50 hours of legal work completed with their sponsor during the academic semester. The minimum number of units students may receive is 3 (equivalent to approximately 11 hours per week for the fall and spring semesters, and 19 hours per week for the summer semester). The maximum number of units is 6 for the fall and spring (equivalent to approximately 21.5 hours per week), and 5 for the summer (approximately 31 hours per week).

Required Forms

The BACE Supervisor Manual further outlines our program and also offers best practices and supervisor training tips. The Manual also contains our required forms at the end, notably:

  • The Extern Written Agreement form, presented prior to the start of the externship;
  • The Mid-Semester Self-Evaluation, which is geared toward student self-reflection and asks the student to identify and analyze strengths and weaknesses. The last page of this form asks for the supervising attorney’s comments, recommendations, and signature; and
  • The ExPro Final Evaluation form, presented at the conclusion of the externship via an online form.

Please note that we are unable to process a final grade for your extern until we receive these forms. Your extern will present all forms to you at the time the forms are due as a reminder.

How to Post an Externship

  • New Sponsors
  • Welcome to the ExPro! Thank you for your interest in our Program and working with Santa Clara Law students.

    If you are new to the ExPro, please review the Sponsor Requirements. If you are interested in hosting an extern student then please email expro@scu.edu. We will be happy to send you an electronic Sponsor Background Form. This form provides us with the information we need to vet, approve, and post your externship opportunity. You are also welcome to contact us with any questions.

  • Returning Sponsors
  • The ExPro is happy to accommodate sponsors returning to the Program. If you are interested in hosting another extern student, please contact expro@scu.edu and we will work with you to post your externship opportunity.

  • Repeat Sponsors
  • If you are also interested in hosting an extern student for more than one semester, the ExPro will add your organization to our email list and we will contact you prior to the start of each semester. When we contact you, you can simply let us know if you would like to post/host a student for the upcoming semester.

Suggested Dates to Post

Click here for our full academic calendar. Posting early in the timeline often yields the greatest number of interested applicants. Many students, however, search for opportunities throughout the year.

Fall Semester

  • Generally runs from the 2nd week of August to the 3rd week of November
  • Suggested posting date: May 15

Spring Semester

  • Generally runs from the 1st week of January to the 3rd week of April
  • Suggested posting date: October 1

Summer Semester

  • Generally runs from the last week of May to the 3rd week of July
  • Suggested posting date: March 15

Select an extern by

All externship postings will expire 1 week before the start of the semester. All extern students should be selected and notified no later than the first day of classes.

Questions? Email our Program Coordinator, Janelle Atangan at expro@scu.edu.