The Ave Maria School of Law Externship Program allows students to earn academic credit while gaining hands-on legal experience working with state and federal judges, government agencies, public interest offices, corporations, and private law firms. Student externs find their externships enrich their education by facilitating the practical application of what they learn in the classroom. Judges and lawyers serve as field supervisors, and throughout the externship, Law School faculty support student externs.
Ave Maria School of Law also offers a Certified Legal Intern ("CLI") Program. CLIs work for a State Attorney’s Office, a Public Defender Office, or another government agency. Under the supervision of an attorney, students are typically responsible for their own caseload and appear before courts and/or administrative bodies to advocate on behalf of their clients. In addition to their field placement, students attend seminars that complement the fieldwork and emphasize ethics and professional responsibility.
Externship and CLI opportunities are available in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.