Congressional and Administrative Law Externship

Faculty: Susan Kaplan 

Congressional and Administrative Law Clinic students in Washington D.C.

THE CONGRESSIONAL & ADMINISTRATIVE LAW EXTERNSHIP, was founded in 1977 and is one of the oldest legal externship programs. It is a year-round externship with full-time offerings on Capitol Hill, Federal Agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s).  

Through this nationally acclaimed clinic, 15 to 20 percent of each Washington University Law second and third-year class will have the opportunity to work for a member of Congress; a congressional committee; a federal administrative agency; or a nongovernmental policy, advocacy, or a research organization. They also participate in a speaker's program with guest experts from the D.C. area. The clinic is directed by Professor Susan Kaplan.

Law students at Washington University's DC campus.

Many of the more than 650 clinic graduates now work in the nation’s capital in government and public interest law offices, including the Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Securities and Exchange Commission, and many Senate and Representative offices.

In recent placements, law students have: Worked on legislation and constituency issues for members of both the House and Senate, including Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill. Students have helped set up hearings, written draft legislation, and met with interest groups and individuals lobbying Congress. Assisted with the prosecution of criminal justice matters as part of the Justice Department’s Obscenity, Narcotics, and Environmental Enforcement Divisions. Helped investigate corporations and individuals for potential securities violations at the Securities and Exchange Commission, including participating in strategy meetings, conference calls, and depositions.

General course requirements for law students: 

The clinic is open to second year and third year law students. Students will work full-time in their externship placements, except for meetings with the clinic director; complete all writing assignments, tutorials, and log requirements for the clinic; and attend sessions of the Senate and House, a committee hearing, and a committee markup. Students who perform satisfactorily will earn 12 pass/fail academic credits. Pre-requisite: one course from the Ethics Curriculum for students who participate in the program the last semester of their third year.

STUDENTS: Click here to view information about the Congressional and Administrative Law Clinic. This handout provides general information that will be helpful for you to know before registering. Application information for law students: 

Application information for law students:  Click here to view updated information. 


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For current application information, as well as an explanation of required application materials, please contact Katie Herr, Clinic Operations Manager, at