Externships are elective experiential learning courses that integrate class work with real-world experience. Students gain a deeper understanding of law and see first-hand how the law is applied while working under the direct supervision of lawyers and judges in a variety of settings. Through the combination of their own experiences and discussions with other externs in the externship seminar, students not only gain more legal knowledge, they develop practice skills and an appreciation for the professional roles and the ethical obligations of attorneys.

Three externship courses are offered every semester; students generally take an average of 3-5 credits. The externship courses includes a seminar and completion of 46 hours of field work per credit. Field and seminar work is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may take up to 12 credits of externships throughout their law school career. 

  • Judicial Externships  

    Students are regularly placed at the following judicial externship placements:

    • U.S. District Court
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court
    • U.S. Immigration Court
    • Nevada Court of Appeals
    • Nevada District Court (Business, Civil, Criminal, Family, and Probate)
    • Nevada Department of Taxation, Administrative Hearings Office


  • Congressional Externships  

    Students have opportunities available with Nevada elected officials with offices in Las Vegas, Reno and Washington D.C.

  • Government and Public Interest Externships  

    Students frequently choose the following externship placements

    • American Civil Liberties Union
    • City Attorneys’ Offices (Henderson & Las Vegas)
    • Clark County District Attorney's Office
    • Clark County Public Defender's & Special Public Defender’s Offices
    • Federal Public Defender’s Office
    • Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada
    • Nevada Attorney General's Office
    • Nevada Legal Services
    • Nevada System of Higher Education, Office of Chief Counsel
    • UNLV General Counsel's Office
    • U.S. Attorney's Office (Civil and Criminal Divisions)
    • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    • There are a number of other options available. Students may also suggest eligible government and non-profit placements. 


  • Alternative Placements  

    Students have also earned externship credit with the following offices or organizations as part of an established internship or law clerk program or in Alternative Placements:

    • ACLU of New Jersey
    • Bridges Across Borders – Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet Nam
    • Disability Law Center, Salt Lake City, UT
    • Prosecutors’ or public defenders’ offices: Anchorage, AK; Los Angeles, CA; Orange County, CA; Phoenix, AZ; San Bernadino County, CA
    • Domestic Violence Legal Center, Peru
    • Federal and state administrative agencies – Environmental Protection Agency – Portland, OR; Illinois Trade Commission, Chicago, IL; Securities & Exchange Commission – Washington, D.C.
    • Legal Aid of New York City, Juvenile Division
    • Legal Services offices – New York City; Omaha, NE; Palau, Micronesia
    • One World Health, San Francisco, CA
    • Rocky Mountain Innocence Project, Salt Lake City, UT
    • State district or appellate courts: Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Helena, MT
    • U.S. District Courts : Marquette, MI; Phoenix, AZ; Salt Lake City, UT

For more information about externships, contact the Externship Director, Dawn Nielsen, at dawn.nielsen@unlv.edu or (702) 895-2403.