How to Apply

Berkeley Law Field Placement and Judicial Externship Application Process:

  1. Schedule an advising session with us here to discuss your plans and goals. Look through the list of approved placements and other ideas for civil, environmental, criminal, judicial, domestic awayaway international and The Hague.
  2. Once you have lined up a field placement or judicial externship, you must complete the Field Placement Application Form.
  3. In order to receive academic credit, your application must be approved by the Field Placement Director. 
  4. Following approval, you will receive a course control number for the placement and the seminar, if applicable, to enroll through SIS.


Please note: Field placements follow the Law School’s Academic Rules in the 295 Series. In compliance with the ABA rules, first year students are not eligible for academic credit to do field placements. 

Also, please be advised that field placements and externships are credit/no credit units.  As a reminder, in order to qualify for academic honors, you must take at least 14 graded units a year.  To qualify for Order of the Coif, you must take 64 graded units while you are here.  Whether to pursue academic honors is personal for each student and this is offered as information only.  If you have any questions about these academic honors, please contact Student Services.


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.