Supervised Externship Program — Fall, Spring and Summer

George Mason's proximity to Washington, D.C. offers a wide range of supervised externship possibilities to our law students. The supervised externship program is designed to allow students who have completed one-third of their legal education to perform work outside of law school, for academic credit, under the supervision of an attorney. There is a great deal of flexibility in supervised externship positions. Our students have undertaken externships in such varied places as the Executive Office of the President, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Alexandria Commonwealth Attorney's Office, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Students interested in completing a supervised externship for academic credit should review the Externship Information Packet and complete the forms contained therein. Copies of the externship packet are also available in Suite 150.

Government Externship Opportunities

Every year, George Mason students secure externships with federal government agencies.  An externship with a federal agency exposes the student to practice in a specific area of the law and allows a student to build basic lawyering skills.  Additionally, students interested in post-graduation employment with the federal government should consider an externship with a federal agency to learn more about the daily activities of government counsel.  Students frequently find information about externship opportunities, including contact information, on an agency's web site.  See also a list of government agencies' web sites.

Sample George Mason Externships

(Full Descriptions Available in Career and Academic Services)


  • Court of Federal Claims
  • DC Superior Court
  • Arlington Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
  • Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
  • US District Court


  • American Bar Association
  • Recording Industry Association of America
  • National Association of Child Advocates


  • Qwest
  • First Virginia Bank
  • Stockman Title & Escrow Co.
  • Crescent Hotels & Resorts

Non-Profit and Public Interest

  • Criminal Justice Policy Foundation
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington
  • Legal Aid for Abused Women and Children
  • Minority Rights Group International
  • Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Public Defender

  • Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
  • Public Defender's Office for the City of Alexandria
  • Office of the Federal Public Defender, District of Maryland

Federal Government

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
  • U.S. Department of Justice

Capitol Hill

  • U.S. Senate, Committee on the Judiciary
  • U.S. Congress, House of Representatives
  • Federal Legislative Associates

State's Attorney

  • State's Attorney's Office for Prince George's County
  • Commonwealth's Attorney's Office for the City of Alexandria
  • State's Attorney's Office for Montgomery County

VA State Government

  • Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Social Services
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Planning and Budget

Law Firms

  • Anderson & Corrie
  • Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot
  • Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge