Internships and Externships

Legal employers expect law graduates to have the knowledge and skills necessary to be competent and ethical lawyers.  In Iowa’s classrooms, law students master legal subjects and practice problem solving, analytical and writing skills.
Equally important to students’ success as professionals is what they learn through practical legal experiences.  Summer internships, a staple of the law school experience, offer students the opportunity to explore legal career options, obtain practical legal skills, and begin developing a network.  The Career Services office works closely with students to secure summer internships that will help launch their careers and meet their long-term career goals.  Students typically intern in a variety of locations and settings throughout the country and even around the world.  
In addition to traditional summer internships, students may also participate in field placements or externships offered by the Field Placement Program.  The Field Placement Program offers students the opportunity to earn academic credit while performing legal work in government or non-profit agencies, criminal prosecution or defense offices, state and federal judges’ chambers, international agencies, and as well as a limited number of corporate counsel settings.  Field placements are offered during both the academic year and over the summer.   
During the academic year, Iowa offers its students many other practical legal opportunities as well including: volunteer opportunities with government, legal aid and nonprofits through the Citizen Lawyer Program; regional and national competitions for moot court, intellectual property, arbitration and trial advocacy; and a high-credit legal clinic where students represent clients under close faculty supervision in a law firm setting.  
For more information, about summer internships, or to post a summer internship position, contact Career Services.
For more information about the Field Placement Program, contact