Corporate Counsel Externship Program

GENERAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

UC Hastings’ Corporate Counsel Externship Program provides the opportunity for second and third-year students to earn academic credit based on training in corporate counsel offices of for-profit and non-profit companies. Second and third-year law students may participate in the spring. The on-site learning helps students build their knowledge so they
can become practice-ready business attorneys. Students will learn how in-house attorneys collaborate and communicate with the company client, and how to incorporate the client’s unique mission, business, and industry context into their legal advice. Supervising attorneys guide, train, provide feedback, and mentor the student through the semester.

The on-site learning is supported and enhanced in the classroom. Students are enrolled in a weekly seminar that teaches the role of corporate counsel, integral lawyering competencies, and the ability to self-develop and learn from practice.

The Corporate Counsel Externship Seminar is two units, C/NC. Students will earn 4-5 Corporate Counsel Fieldwork units for 16-20/hours per week of work at their placements. Students will work at their placements for a minimum of 12 weeks. All credits qualify as experiential.

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS

  1. Students need to be a 2L or 3L students in good academic standing.
  2. Students cannot be participating in a concurrent live-client or work experience (i.e. clinic, externship, Start-Up Legal Garage, or legal work).
  3. Students need to be enthusiastic, open-minded, and dedicated.

SPRING 2022 OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2L and 3L STUDENTS:

Spring 2022 Corporate Counsel Externship Program (CCEP) applications are available now!  Next semester, partner companies include Stitch Fix, 23andMe, Oakland A’s, TaskRabbit, Eden Enterprises (a cannabis and hemp company), Credit Karma, Clorox, Airbnb, and Kaiser.  See the CCEP MyHastings page for the full list.
Program & Seminar Basics
In CCEP, students earn 4-5 fieldwork credits for working in-house at vetted non-profit and for-profit companies.  In addition, students enroll in a 2-unit, weekly seminar that teaches the role of corporate counsel, integral lawyering competencies, and the ability to self-develop and learn from practice.
Applying
To learn more about the program and apply, please review the Spring 2022 CCEP Information Packet and Application on the CCEP MyHastings page.  The packet provides an overview of the program, the timeline, and detailed information about each partner and the work the company anticipates giving to an extern.  The application is due on October 7 at 5:00 pm.  
CDO Req
All applicants are required to have met with the Career Development Office to review a recent resume and cover letter (it need not be a resume or cover letter specifically for CCEP).  If you’ve met with CDO to review these documents during summer 2021 or fall 2021, you have satisfied this requirement, though a recent meeting with CDO specific to a position or program is always best!  You may meet with any CDO counselor, but the office has specific slots for CCEP applicants.

PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS

For more information contact:

Nira Geevargis
Associate Clinical Professor & Director of Externship Programs
UC Hastings College of the Law
(415) 581-8908
geevargis@uchastings.edu