Learn About Global Law Externship Opportunities
Web Editor - Published: November 9, 2010
Professor Michelle Forzley and students who externed last summer at the World Health Organization in Geneva, at the United Nations Millennium Development Office in NY, the US Department of Commerce in Washington DC, and global research projects for health reform in China, will speak with students interested in participating in the global externship program. Refreshments will be served.

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Linda Zhang speaks about her Externship experience in Washington D.C.

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Celisse Williams speaks about her Externship experience in New York

The global externship program gives students a unique opportunity to real life professional experience working on actual global public and private international legal issues for at least 130 hours per semester. Host institutions include the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the US Government among others. Placements may be in Europe, New York and Washington DC as well as other cities of the world. This program offers students an unmatched opportunity to further their careers in a rapidly growing field of law. The program is an excellent opportunity to learn about the world of international legal institutions and issues and broaden career horizons.

Participating students are placed in the office of an international governmental or non-governmental organization or an office of the US government that is engaged in international activities. The student works in the office of the sponsor on legal issues and provides the sponsor with the results of their legal research and analysis. A faculty advisor coordinates with the sponsor organization on the development of the subject of study and terms of reference. The faculty member also serves as the supervising practicing attorney in conjunction with one supervisor from the sponsor organization.

This externship is open to all JD and postgraduate students who have completed all of their first year courses and are in the first term of their second year with a GPA of 2.7 or better and completion of LAW 702 Professional Responsibility with a ā€œCā€ or better.

World Health Organization externship applicants must also take 6011X Global Health Law, Policy & Practice. For any Europe-based externship, students must take at least two credits in Lausanne. Students are competitively selected in a fall application and interview process by faculty and the sponsor organization.

Placements are in both the US and in foreign locations. As all placements are in locations other than Wilmington DE and can include Washington, DC, New York City, Geneva, Switzerland and other locations to be announced, these externships are for the summer only. Special arrangements can be made for a semester or more in an externship.