Widener Global Law Externship
In a Global Law Externship, a student is 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.

Students are competitively selected in an 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. The Global Externship is an excellent opportunity to learn about the world of international legal institutions and issues, and thus broaden career horizons while earning credit toward graduation.

  • Completion of all 1st year courses with GPA of 2.7 or better;
  • Completion of LAW 702 Professional Responsibility with a “C” or better;
  • Students 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.
  • Acceptance by Sponsor
  • 130 hours per semester supervised work
  • Orientation, online class discussions, course meetings, and a 30-page paper.
What to Expect: Global Law Externships expose students to the day-to-day side of global legal matters and prepares students for a professional career in the international arena. Students earn real life professional experience working on actual global public and private international legal issues.

Registration: Placements are not guaranteed, so interested students should register for summer classes with enough credits to suffice in the event they cannot be placed in the Program. If you are interested, please register for summer term accordingly.

Contact Information 
 Professor John G. Culhane 
Phone: (302)-477-2107 
Email: jgculhane@widener.edu