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Academic Year Externship

Law 795
3 Credit Hours

During the academic year, placements are available in the chambers of state and federal judges, government and nonprofit offices, and select university departments.

Students work one day per week in the offices where they are placed, under the supervision of a licensed attorney.  They will also attend several class sessions and submit multiple papers during and following the externship.

Examples of academic-year externship placements include:

  • Circuit Court Judges in Tuscaloosa
  • U.S. District Court Judges in Tuscaloosa and Birmingham
  • U.S. Magistrate Judges in Birmingham
  • Tuscaloosa and Birmingham District Attorney Offices
  • State and Federal Public Defender Offices
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama
  • Legal Services of Alabama
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • University of Alabama Athletic Compliance Office
  • Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP)
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Birmingham AIDS Outreach
  • Southern Environmental Law Center

The Academic Year Externship Program is co-directed by Assistant Dean & Director of Externships Glory McLaughlin and Adjunct Instructor Randy Quarles. Professor Quarles practices business litigation with his own firm, The Quarles Law Firm, LLC in Birmingham. He clerked for the Honorable Emmett Cox, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, upon graduation from law school and prior to entering practice.

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