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About the Program

The D.C. Summer Judicial Externship Program places first-year and second-year law students into summer externships at some of the most vibrant and influential courts in our nation’s capital. Students spend at least eight weeks during the summer externing at a participating court or at the Office of Special Masters within the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  As part of the unpaid externship, students engage in the kinds of intellectually engaging tasks that law clerks perform, such as conducting research on pending cases, observing hearings, and even drafting opinions. During that time, students also take an experiential evening course in Washington, D.C., that is tailored to judicial clerking. The course meets once per week and is held at Wake Forest’s beautiful Washington Center, which is located at One Dupont Circle. Through the Program, Wake Forest law students have externed at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals, the Office of the Special Masters, and other courts.