Field Placement Program

Field Placement Program Logo and motto, Learning to Work, Working to Learn

The Field Placement Program offers qualified students the opportunity to expand their legal education beyond the bounds of the law school building.

Students are eligible for academic credit for field placements if they meet the following criteria:

  • Students extern at a non-profit or government agency
  • Students are directly supervised by an attorney
  • Students are doing legal work, broadly defined

Students do these placements part-time or full-time in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the country and world. Opportunities for placements include:

Students interested in any of the field placement and externship program options should review the Frequently Asked Questions and the Administrative Rules to learn more about the specific requirements.


Sue Schechter, the Field Placement Program Director at UC Berkeley Law School, has served the Berkeley Law community since summer of 2006. Sue has developed field placement seminars which she teaches, co-teaches, or supports practitioners teaching in the specialized seminars. You can contact Sue at, call her at (510) 643-7387, or schedule an advising appointment above. 

Field Placement Program Contacts

Sue Schechter, Field Placement Director and Lecturer-in-Residence, (510) 643-7387

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