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Clinical Externship Program

If working for the public good appeals to you, the Delaware Clinical Public Interest Externship offers a great opportunity to acquire practical experience while providing legal aid to those in need. As a Widener Law student, you can work as an extern at a public interest agency of your choice, earning academic credit and cultivating professional relationships. The Delaware Clinical Public Interest Externship Program at Widener Law gives you the opportunity to launch your legal career before you’ve finished your education.

The Clinical Public Interest Externship is a course designed to assist you define your role as a “Public Interest Attorney” through the integration of academic theory/analysis with common practice themes arising in public interest law advocacy. You will perform legal work at their Clinical Externship Field Placements for a minimum of 140 hours during the 15-week academic term (supervised by a licensed attorney), record in reflection papers legal practice observations, and write 3 short Case Journals analyzing their field experiences on approved public interest law topics. There is no final examination.

Every year, the Clinical Externship Program sends as many as 30 students to work in government and public service law offices. As a participant, you will spend a full year working alongside attorneys who could become valuable contacts and references while you earn academic credit. In addition, you will meet regularly with Professor Sydney Howe-Barksdale and a small group of your peers to discuss issues of legal doctrine, personal and professional ethics, and the culture of a modern law office. The Delaware Public Interest Externship offers an excellent opportunity to practice the unique skill set required for the practice of public interest law.   

Clinical Public Interest Externship Documentation

Memorandum of Agreement (docx)
Placement Plan (docx)
Supervisor Assessment Form (doc)
Student Log Form (docx)

Contact Information:

Director: Professor Sydney Howe-Barksdale
Phone: 302-477-2214    302-477-2214 FREE

Secretary: Vanessa Gosa
Phone: 302-477-2174