The Semester-in-Practice (SIP) Externship is an innovative program that empowers students in their third year or second semester of their second year to gain hands-on professional experience anywhere outside the St. Louis area. Through the externship program, students earn academic credit by spending a semester working full time for a nonprofit, government, or in-house corporate law office in the location of their choice. Students work directly with an attorney/field supervisor at their placement site and will receive oversight at the law school from a faculty supervisor.

Typical Student Activities

The precise activities will vary by placement, but students will have the opportunity to engage in various areas of lawyering practice, such as:

  • Interviewing
  • Counseling
  • Investigation
  • Drafting
  • Negotiation
  • Litigation
  • Settlement

The Semester-in-Practice Externship Faculty

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Alison Smith

Assistant Director of Placement, Law School Career Services