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WHY IS AN EXTERNSHIP VALUABLE TO YOUR CAREER?

Clinical and Judicial Externships present an opportunity for students to be placed in settings outside of the Law School where the primary responsibilities of supervision lies with an attorney or judge in the host agency.  Clinical externships include such placements as state government, not – for- profit organizations, or district attorneys or public defenders.  Judicial placements include courts at all levels of the system.

Why is this valuable?  Externships provide students with an opportunity to obtain practical, hands on experience in the legal world.  In addition to this exposure, students also begin building a resume and their networking skills.

You might select an externship to explore a possible career path.  You might discover that a path that seemed suitable is not right for you.  You might find a new interest.  An externship expands your opportunities. An externship also allows you to learn professional skills and values.  You can improve your personal skills and develop self confidence.

Further, externships improve your prospects for employment in that they provide experience that employers immediately recognize.  The employer will be able to judge you on your acquired skills as opposed to just your grades and you may even have the opportunity to produce a writing sample.  As an added bonus, you will sharpen your problem solving skills and ability to pay attention to detail.

Lastly, externships allow you to build relationships with those in your office and beyond.  These contacts may very well develop into references and/or future business colleagues.

The benefits of an externship are obvious in your quest to reach your career goals.  To achieve these benefits will take careful planning, thought and hard work but will be worth it.  Consider an externship today!

For more information go to:  http://law.widener.edu/Academics/ClinicalProgramsandProfessionalTraining.aspx

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