Statement of Interest/Program Application Form
To assist in planning, students will be asked to complete a statement of interest form in January. The program form will require identification of 3-5 proposed placements, a list ofcourses that has prepared the student for those placements, and a brief statement of interest. The online application form will be available here in December.
Locating Potential Placements in DC
There are many resources for researching and identifying potential organizations for a DC-based externship. Note that any placements must be approved by the law school for academic credit. Please do not accept any externships until the Field Placement Director has reviewed the program. The DC Program requires that students perform legal work, in a government or non-profit setting, supervised by an attorney. Because students receive academic credit, they may not be paid.
The Career Services Office, Professor Tai, and other faculty are available to advise on possible placements. The Career Services Office also maintains many guides for finding government and non-profit jobs. In addition, the following resources may be helpful for ideas.
- PSJD - https://www.psjd.org
- Arizona government handbook – see Career services for school-specific log-in information
- Leadership Connect - https://www.leadershipconnect.io/
- Agency websites - e.g., https://www.justice.gov/legal-careers/law-students (you can set up an RSS feed to alert you to new opportunities), https://www.sec.gov/ohr/student-honors-page.html, https://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/bureaus-offices/bureau-competition/careers-bureau-competition/legal-internships-bureau-0
- Hill - https://www.senate.gov/employment/po/positions.htm
Past Iowa students have earned credit through these agencies and organizations. Note that this not intended to be an exclusive list of approved placements.