Away Field Placements

There are five ways to do an Away Field Placement:

Students can receive from 10 to 12 units of academic credit for legal work with an approved non-profit or government agency outside the San Francisco/Bay Area.  Students doing Away Field Placements are required to conduct contemporaneous guided reflection in the form of timesheets, memos, and reports throughout the semester. Students must receive academic program approval from the Dean of Students and approval from Field Placement Director. 

Berkeley Law Students have externed in over 22 states and 25 countries around the world

For students planning a Spring 2020 Domestic Away, International Away or UNHR placements are required to submit an application as soon as possible. Below is a list of previously approved Away Field Placements between Fall 2011 and Fall 2019. This list is not exhaustive, and students are encouraged to discuss new placement ideas with Sue Schechter.

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Fresno County

Legal Office of The Community Medical Centers Network

Los Angeles County


Bet Tzedek Legal Services

California Women’s Law Center

Directors Guild of America

Federal Trade Commission – Western Region Los Angeles

Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law

Los Angeles Center for Community Law & Action (LACCLA)

Los Angeles District Attorney

National Immigration Law Center

Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California

Office of the US Attorney, Central District of CA

Public Counsel

Securities and Exchange Commission, Los Angeles

Southern California Association of Governments

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Honorable Christina Snyder

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court, Ninth Circuit, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski

United States District Court Central District of California, Judge Otero

Writers Guild of America, West

Mendocino County

Mendocino County Superior Court

Orange County

District Attorney of Orange County

Orange County District Attorney’s Office

Public Law Center

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Sacramento County

Chief Counsel’s Office, California Energy Commission

San Diego County

San Diego City Attorney’s Office

United States District Court, Southern District of California, Judge J. Thomas Whelan

Santa Ana

Orange County District Attorney’s Office

Public Law Center

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara City Attorney’s Office

The Field Placement Program is governed by ABA Standard 304:  Study Outside the Classroom and Berkeley Law Academic Rule 3 – the 295 Series – (c) Limitations.

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