Externships

Externship programs offered for credit are supervised by members of the faculty. These Externships require 60 hours of field work for each credit hour earned (120 hours for 2 credits, which is 8-10 hours per week). In addition, Externships require attendance at classes or consultations conducted by the faculty supervisor. A written work product, time logs, or a research paper may also be required. Students may not receive compensation for any work done for the placement during the same semester as the student is enrolled in this externship. Most Externships have limited enrollments. Students should contact faculty supervisors to determine the requirements for specific Externships. Consult the Schedule of Classes to determine the faculty supervisor for an Externship.

With the exception of the International Human Rights Law Internship and the Program on Law and State Government (and certain Externships specified below), Externship programs may be offered for 1 or 2 credit hours at the discretion of the faculty advisor. Grading is on a Satisfactory/Fail (S/F) basis. Externship offerings and credit arrangements frequently change. Interested students should contact the advisor of each Externship to determine the availability and credit arrangements for Externship offerings in a given semester.

Limits apply to the maximum number of credit hours that may be earned in Externship programs. If necessary to help resolve scheduling conflicts, students enrolled in Externships offered for credit may register for any day or evening course regardless of full-time or part-time status.Unless otherwise indicated, the following Externships may be offered for 1 or 2 credit hours, depending on the availability of faculty sponsorship and approval by the faculty:


List of Externships:

American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana Externship (2 cr.) D802 Externs are assigned directly to the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana cooperating attorney. They may perform a variety of tasks, including investigations, legal research, and litigation support work such as drafting pleadings and preparing witnesses. (Application(s): Fall 2014)

Center for Victim and Human Rights Externship (2 cr.) D802 The Center for Victim and Human Rights provides direct legal services to victims of crime and of human rights abuses and conducts policy research coupled with educational outreach to governmental and nongovernmental organizations. This placement will provide students with opportunities to develop key analytical and research skills and to learn about the legal challenges facing the Center. (Application(s): Fall 2014)

Eli Lilly and Company In-House Tax Counsel Externship (2 cr.) D802 This externship placement provides students with the experience and insight derived from working in the in-house tax department of a business corporation. Externs will be expected to (i) research tax issues confronting the corporation and report on that research either orally or in writing, (ii) prepare and update reports supporting positions taken by the corporation on its income tax return, (iii) draft contracts and other legal documents, and (iv) otherwise assist in legal work typically performed by a tax counsel. P: Federal Income Taxation (DN648) or prior tax-related work experience. (Application(s): Fall 2014)

Environmental Advocacy Externship (2 cr.) D802 This placement is with one of several environmental and natural resource organizations and agencies working at a local, state, and regional level. Placement opportunities vary. Recent placements have included the Sierra Club, Save the Dunes, Indiana Kids for the Environment (IKE), and the Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC). Through these placements, students have helped to provide public interest representation on environmental issues pending before administrative agencies and state and federal courts, and have worked to address policy issues before legislative and regulatory bodies. (Application(s): Summer/Fall 2014)

Federal Court Externship (2 to 3 cr.) D802 (Students may earn up to 3 credits in the summer) Students serve as law clerk interns in the chambers of one of the federal judges or magistrates in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (Indianapolis). Students are required to spend approximately one day each week in their placement and attend three class meetings and two individual meetings with the professor. (Application(s): Fall 2014 | More about Judicial Externships)

Hospital Legal Department Externship (2 cr.) D802 Externs work in legal and/or ethical departments of a hospital or with the Marion County Health Corporation on issues concerning health care, public health, guardianships, and the development of hospital policies required by federal and state laws, including ethical considerations in the treatment of patients. (Application(s): Summer/Fall 2014)

Indiana Board of Tax Review Externship (1 or 2 cr.) D802 This externship introduces students to work in the Indiana Board of Tax Review under the guidance of a supervisor and work with professional staff, specifically with Senior Administrative Law Judges. Depending on the needs of the IBTR during a particular semester, this externship involves learning the practices and techniques utilized in handling property tax appeals throughout the State of Indiana. The minimum qualification for participation in the program is successful completion of at least 12 semester hours of law school credit. Externs will be involved with corresponding with legal representatives, research, administrative hearings, and writing briefs and opinions.

Indiana Department of Revenue Externship (2 cr.) D802 Externs work on a variety of Indiana Department of Revenue issues.

Indianapolis and Marion County Office of Corporation Counsel Externship (2 cr.) D802 The Office of Corporation Counsel serves as the law firm for Indianapolis and Marion County. Its functions include prosecuting violations of the civil code; counseling city/county parties; investigating and seeking to resolve claims of discrimination; and defending city/county parties in court cases. This externship will provide experience and insight to students derived from working with corporation counsel in the various functions of the agency. (Application(s): Summer/Fall 2014)

Ingersoll Rand Externship (2 cr.) D802 Students provide assistance to the legal department at Ingersoll Rand (“IR”), a global company which provides products, systems and solutions that increase the efficiency and productivity of industrial, commercial operations, homes, and improve the security, safety, health and comfort of people around the world. The IR legal department is responsible for providing legal support in all areas, including sales, purchasing, procurement, distribution, contract management and negotiation, intellectual property, corporate governance, disputes, litigation, compliance matters and works closely with IR business units and leadership to advise and implement best-in-class solutions. This placement will provide law students with opportunities to develop key analytical and research skills, draft and review contracts and learn about the various legal challenges facing in-house corporate counsel. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with legal and business people in the day to day administration of IR. Students spend sixty hours for each credit hour earned which is approximately eight hours per week working under the supervision of the attorneys. Students meet with the law school faculty supervisor(s) during the semester, and submit weekly reflection papers and a concluding report evaluating the placement experience.

In-House Corporate Counsel Externship (Eli Lilly and Company) (1 or 2 cr.) D802 This externship placement provides students with the experience and insight derived from working in the in-house legal department of a business corporation. These include drafting and reviewing contracts, engaging in legal research and preparing memoranda regarding business law issues confronting the corporation, and otherwise assisting in legal work typical of that performed by corporate counsel. P: Basic Contract Drafting (DN538) or prior drafting work-related experience, and Closely Held Business Organizations (DN645) or Publicly Traded Corporations (DN646). (Application(s): Fall 2014)

In-House Corporate Counsel Externship (Finish Line) (1 or 2 cr.) D802 This externship placement provides students with the experience and insight derived from working in the in-house legal department of a business corporation. These include drafting and reviewing commercial leases, engaging in legal research and preparing memoranda regarding federal, state and local regulatory issues confronting the corporation, reviewing marketing approaches for law compliance, and otherwise assisting in legal work typical of that performed by corporate counsel. P: Closely Held Business Organizations (DN645) or Publicly Traded Corporations (DN646). (Application(s): Fall 2014)

Internal Revenue Service Externship (2 cr.) D802 Externs work on a variety of Internal Revenue Service issues relating to federal and state taxation, including research on estate and gift tax law and review of trusts and wills to determine tax consequences. Externs also assist IRS staff attorneys in the valuation of assets included in tax returns.

International Human Rights Law Internship (4 cr.) D802 Interns spend 10 to 12 weeks, usually during the summer, working at International Human Rights law organizations at a variety of locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, or North, South, and Central America. Students work approximately 40 hours per week on a wide range of assignments, depending on the nature of the host organization.

Possible host organizations include intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations (Geneva, Switzerland; Arusha, Tanzania; or New York); governmental organizations (such as the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission in Sydney or the Equal Opportunities Commission in Hong Kong); and private human rights organizations (such as local advocacy groups in Asia, Central America, Europe, Australia, India, or Africa). Opportunities are also available for students to work for organizations other than those listed, depending on the background and interests of the students. internships are arranged based upon a match between the students' interests and desires, and the needs of organizations.

Projects of recent interns have included reviewing claims made to the United Nations that human rights have been violated in numerous countries around the globe; drafting official U.N. appeals to offending countries to cease violations; drafting manuals advising human rights workers in India of their internationally recognized rights upon arrest; assessing human rights claims of Aborigines in Australia; studying the application of international human rights principles to the operation of health facilities during the apartheid period in South Africa; and assessing the application of international human rights law in post-British Hong Kong.

Students complete written exercises during their internships, participate in briefing sessions before departing for their internship, and file an internship report upon completion of the internship. Preference is given to students with demonstrated interest in public interest law and/or international law. The International Human Rights Law course is not required prior to an internship. However, students who extern before taking the course are required to take it following their internships.

IUPUI Athletics Department/Compliance Externship (2 cr.) D802 Students provide assistance to the IUPUI Athletics Department/Compliance Office by helping to interpret and enforce NCAA rules and regulations. Students spend sixty hours for each credit hour earned, which is approximately eight hours per week, working under the supervision of the Associate Athletics Director and the Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance. Students meet with the law school faculty supervisor during the semester, keep a journal of their experiences, and submit a reflection paper at the end of the semester. (Application(s): Summer/Fall 2014)

Marion County Public Health Externship (2 cr.) D802 Student externs will assist health department attorneys in enforcement of the Marion County Public Health Code in environmental court and drafting of health department regulations and contracts. (Application(s): Summer/Fall 2014)

National Labor Relations Board Externship (1 or 2 cr.) D802 This externship will require 120 hours per semester at Region 25 of the NLRB performing extensive duties relating to conducting National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) elections and enforcing the National Labor Relations Act through unfair labor practice procedures. Students who have taken Labor Law and achieved a grade point average of 2.7 or higher will be given priority in the selection process for this externship.(Application(s): Summer/Fall 2014)

NCAA Externship (2 cr.) D802 Students provide assistance to either the membership or enforcement divisions of the NCAA, a national governing body for intercollegiate athletics. In the membership division, students will be involved in the interpretations of NCAA legislation and legislative research. In the enforcement division, they will work with attorneys in the investigation and prosecution of rule enforcement. Students spend sixty hours for each credit hour earned, which is approximately eight hours per week working under the supervision of attorneys. Students meet with the law school faculty supervisor during the semester and submit a paper summarizing their experience at the end of the semester. (Application(s): Summer/Fall 2014)

Office of Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (1 or 2 cr.) D802 This placement in the Carmel District Office of Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks provides students with the opportunity to learn about the duties of a Member of Congress and her staff, the legislative concerns of various constituencies and the casework process. Externs will be able to participate in meetings with the Congresswoman and attend meetings with staff members throughout the Fifth District. Daily responsibilities may include assisting staff with constituent questions regarding federal agencies, researching federal questions, and completing necessary follow up to constituent questions and issues.

Program on Law and State Government Externship Course (3 cr.) D802 Allows students the opportunity to learn about the practice of law within the state government setting with a combination of traditional classroom learning and an externship placement at one of a wide variety of law offices and agencies within the executive and legislative branches of Indiana's state government. The class meetings explore topics such as ethical considerations for the public lawyer, rulemaking and the administrative process, federalism and state sovereignty, state supported speech, and state budgeting issues. (Two of the course credits will be graded S/F, based upon satisfaction of externship requirements, with the remaining credit carrying a course grade based upon performance in the classroom component of the course.) (Application: Fall 2014 | More info: PLSG web site)

Prosecution Externship (2 cr.) D802 Externs work in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office gaining hands-on experience by working under the direction of supervising prosecutors. Students who are eligible for certification as legal interns may carry an actual case load and represent the State in court. Non-certified students may conduct legal research, draft motions, observe and critique trials, take witness statements, and participate in the fact investigation process. Through the externship placement and classroom discussions with other interns, students will gain a better understanding of the major legal, practical, and ethical issues associated with criminal law practice. (Application(s): Summer/Fall 2014)

Public Defender Externship (2 cr.) D802 Externs work 120 hours during the semester under the supervision of public defenders in various local, state and federal courts of criminal jurisdiction interviewing clients and witnesses, investigating facts, and drafting legal documents. Students may also assist in trying criminal cases. There will be biweekly class meetings with faculty supervision. (Application(s): Summer/Fall 2014)

Purdue Research Foundation Externship (1 or 2 cr.) D802 description coming soon…

State Appellate Court Externship (2 or 3 cr.) D802 Students serve as law clerk interns for one of the judges of the Indiana Court of Appeals. Students are required to spend approximately one day each week in their placement and attend three class meetings and two individual meetings with the professor. (Application(s): Fall 2014 | More about Judicial Externships)

State Supreme Court Externship (2 or 3 cr.) D802 Students serve as law clerk interns for one of the justices of the Indiana Supreme Court. Students are required to spend approximately one day each week in their placement and attend three class meetings and two individual meetings with the professor. (Application(s): Fall 2014 | More about Judicial Externships)

State Trial Court Externship (2 or 3 cr.) D802 Students serve as law clerk interns for one of the judges of the Marion Superior Court. Students are required to spend one day each week in their placement and attend three class meetings and two individual meetings with the professor. (Application(s): Fall 2014 | More about Judicial Externships)

U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee Externship (1 or 2 cr.) D802 The externship is with the Office of the United States Trustee of the U.S. Department of Justice. Students will receive exposure to consumer bankruptcy law through examining basic bankruptcy case documents and observing meetings of creditors and court hearings in consumer cases; students will receive exposure to corporate reorganization law through examining Chapter 11 case documents and pleadings and observing meetings of creditors and court hearings in Chapter 11 cases.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Regional Counsel Externship (2 cr.) D802 The United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Regional Counsel, provides counsel to the federal agency responsible for the execution of laws, regulations, and policies governing veterans’ benefits. Externs will serve to meet the legal needs of veterans, most particularly in the areas of veterans’ benefits and homelessness. Working closely with the VA Regional Counsel legal team to apply statutory, administrative and common law, externs will develop legal skills in client counseling, negotiation, fact investigation, and legal research. The externship is a two-credit, pass or fail, course. Students must complete and document 120 hours of Office of Regional Counsel externship activity, which corresponds generally to eight (8) hours per week. In addition, externs maintain journal entries, attend scheduled meetings with the Faculty Supervisor, and submit a final evaluation. (Application(s): Summer/Fall 2014)

USA Football Externship (2 cr.) D802 Students provide assistance to the legal department at USA Football, a not-for-profit organization that acts as football’s national governing body. The USA Football legal department oversees licensing agreements, trademarks, contract drafting, and policymaking. This placement will provide law students with opportunities to develop key analytical and research skills as well as learn about the legal challenges facing not-for-profits, small businesses and sports entities. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with legal and business individuals in the day to day administration of USA Football and will better understand the dynamics of being in-house counsel. (Application(s): Fall 2014)

USA Track & Field Externship (1 or 2 cr) D802 Students provide assistance to the legal department at USA Track & Field, a not-for-profit organization recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of track and field. The USATF legal department is responsible for managing corporate governance, intellectual property, alternative dispute resolution systems, mediation, contract drafting and negotiation, handling anti-doping matters, and advising USATF leadership on legal and policy matters. This placement provides law students with opportunities to develop key analytical and research skills and to learn about legal challenges facing national governing bodies in the Olympic movement. (Application(s): Fall 2014)