12 Credit Hours
This semester-in-practice program allows University of Alabama law students to work full-time in Washington, DC during the spring semester. Externship placements may be in federal agencies, with legislative committees, or in nonprofit offices.
All externs will also take the accompanying 2-hour course, Legislative and Political Writing (Law 638), taught by Alabama Law alumni living in DC and offered specifically for students participating in the externship program. The externship placement plus this companion course allow students to earn a total of 14 credit hours for the semester.
Both the externship and the associated course help students fulfill the requirements of the Law School’s Certificate in Governmental Affairs.
Examples of past placements include:
The Washington DC Externship Program is directed by Assistant Dean & Director of Externships Glory McLaughlin. The Legislative and Political Writing course is taught by Adjunct Instructors Mike House and Ed Rogers. Professor House is Senior Counsel at Hogan Lovells, where he headed the Government Relations and Policy Advocacy practice group. Professor Rogers is Chairman of BGR Group, a lobbying and strategic communications firm in Washington.