Among the most rewarding opportunities for Chapman law students is the Externship Program. Student externs work for judges, government agencies and public interest organizations, not just for the academic credit but to learn real world skills that will help them become competent, confident lawyers. But don't take our word for it! Read the comments below in which students describe their externship success stories:
"This was the best thing I've done in law school. My writing improved tremendously, I developed skills that have helped me at other jobs, and I left the externship with lasting relationships.
--Andrea Suarez, '07, Extern for California Court of Appeal Justice Thomas Hollenhorst
I am very happy to be finally doing real legal research and writing motions for the first time. The work I am doing is important.
--Patricia Hikida, '07, Extern for the Orange County Public Defender's Office
The fact that my supervisors have assigned me such weighty and important tasks makes me feel as though they have confidence in my abilities, and I am learning a lot by working on substantive assignments.
--Michael Gates, '08, Extern for the Department of Justice, Office of the U.S. Trustee
My supervisors are nothing short of fantastic. I appreciate my externship everyday because I work under such intelligent and kind people.
--Cheryl Gold, '07, Extern for U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Theodor Albert
Recently a client called me back, after using some of my suggestions, and told me he was very glad he had called our office. It was the first time that I actually felt that I was making a difference in peoples' lives.
--Rob Terrazas, '08, Extern for the Fair Housing Council of Orange County, Investigations Unit
I was surprised at how many different issues I have gotten to work with. From Constitutional claims to civil procedure, the ability to have practical experience in the field has been fabulous.
--Erica Brady, '07, Extern for the California Attorney General's Office, Business and Tax Division
It was really hard work, but with challenging experiences comes great reward. I feel like a different person now.
--Jennifer Levin, '07, Extern for Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Reinhardt