Legal Externship Program

USC Gould School of Law offers judicial and clinical externships to law students. The Office of Public Service is responsible for the coordination and administration of the Judicial and Clinical Externship programs. Students can receive academic credit for clinical externships by working for a non-profit public interest office or government agency. Students also receive academic credit through an externship with a judge.  To learn more about externship opportunities, visit the USC Gould School of Law website.

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation has partnered with USC Gould School of Law to provide law students an externship opportunity. Our program provides students the opportunity to assume professional roles under the close supervision of our attorneys. There is an opportunity to experience the technology transfer industry to refine their lawyering skills in intellectual property and contracts.

Students are exposed to particular areas of practice through working with our Senior Patent Advisor and Senior Transactions Officer. Students who participate in this program gain much more substantive knowledge and practical skills in intellectual property and contracts; they also gain self-confidence and a sense of empowerment.

The student will be working with key stakeholders of USC, namely the USC faculty and student and staff inventors.  The student may also be working with selected outside counsel retained by USC.

Students who are interested in the Legal Externship Program should submit a resume and writing sample to  Students should contact the Office of Public Service  once an externship is secured.

Externship opportunities for the upcoming semester are listed in Symplicity, the Career Services Management Services through the USC Law Career Services Management system.

To learn more about the program, contact