How To Get Started

Attention all 1Ls, 2Ls, exchange students, and LLMs attending in Fall 2014! The application period for clinics, externships and workshops is approaching! Here's what you need to know:

There will be an Experiential Info Session followed by the annual Experiential Learning Fair on Wed. Feb. 26th . The Info Session will be in room 1E  at 12:00pm (with pizza). We will describe what clinics, externships and workshops are, and give you an overview of how to apply. Representatives from many of our current externships will hold a tabling session in the bus station to answer your questions.

This information applies to clinics for credit only. ELSSCAP and the Veterans' Legal Clinic are pro bono clinics (not for credit).

  • The application period for experiential learning opportunities begins Feb. 26
  • All experiential learning applications will be accepted via Symplicity. Look under Jobs | Externships and Clinics to view what's available and apply. You can also use Advanced Search to filter by practice area, location, immigration restrictions, class year eligibility, and more! 
  • You can apply to up to 4 externships, and as many clinics and workshops as you like. However, you cannot take two experiential learning courses at the same time. You also cannot take more than two externships (a year-long placement counts as a single placement, but you can only have one year-long placement).
  • Past students' evaluations of externship placements and advice for future students will be posted here. Updates on numbers of applications currently submitted to each placement/clinic will be available in a separate Announcement on Symplicity. If you want advice on where to apply based on historical information about how competitive placements are, first narrow your choices down to 6-8 placements, and then make an appointment with Prof. Shalf to discuss.
  • The application period for externships closes at 11:59 pm on Mar. 5. The application period for clinics and workshops closes at 11:59 pm on Mar. 21. You may apply at any time during the application period. All applications are sent to externships at one time, at the end of the application period. Clinics and workshops may retrieve applications at any time during the application period. 
  • The externship placements will interview students on Mar. 17-25, and first-round externship offers will be released Mar. 27. You will have until Mar. 28 to make a decision about externship offers. Alternate offers must be submitted by Mar. 30. (Preregistration begins on Mar. 31.)
  • Each of the clinics and workshops will have their own selection timelines, but will be making offers at approximately the same time (so that you can decide among all of your experiential learning choices).
  • After receiving offers, externship students will be required to contact their placements to find out onboarding procedures, and to sign an agreement via Symplicity. Students will be dropped from the course if this requirement has not been fulfilled by the last day of fall classes on April 21.
  • Workshop, clinic and externship directors will enroll students in their experiential learning courses in OPUS; there is no need to bid or preregister.

If you have questions about externships, contact Prof. Sarah Shalf, sarah.shalf(at), or Sherry McPeeks, smcpeek(at)  You can make an appointment with Prof. Shalf online at

For questions about the clinics:

Barton Child Policy Legislative Clinic: Melissa Carter, melissa.d.carter(at)

Barton Juvenile Defender: Randee Waldman, rwaldm2(at)

Barton Appeal for Youth: Steve Reba, sreba(at)

or visit Barton Center's websites at &

Turner Environmental Law Clinic: Mindy Goldstein, magolds(at) or visit

International Humanitarian Law Clinic: Laurie Blank, lblank(at) or visit

Capital Defender Workshop: Josh Moore, jmoore(at)

Trial Techniques: Lindsay Jones, LRJONES(at)

For issues with your Symplicity login/password, please ask your Career Center advisor, and/or Laura Yearout, laura.yearout(at)