The School of Law’s externship program offers students the opportunity to learn, in supervised governmental and not-for-profit organization settings, about significant aspects of law and its practice.  Externships fall into the following broad categories:

  • Business Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (through the Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland, C-DRUM)
  • Center for Health and Homeland Security
  • Environmental Law
  • Criminal Law Prosecution
  • Judicial (Asper Fellowship)
  • Health Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Law (including South Africa)
  • Maryland Legislative
  • Public Interest

Each externship has a program administrator.  Many students identify their own field placements and then approach the appropriate program administrator to supervise the opportunity.  In other cases, students approach the program administrator first for assistance in identifying a field placement. Externships carry from 3 to 11 credits; along with the field placement, every student must enroll in a 1- or 2-credit workshop corresponding to the externship category.

For additional information about externships, contact Assistant Dean Crystal Edwards,

Externship Application Form (PDF)

Externship Policy Statement (PDF)

Externship Contacts

Externs may earn from 4 to 11 credits, depending upon the nature of the work and the number of hours devoted to it. Students must register for the Externship in the semester (or summer session) in which the Externship work will be done. For more information on specialty program externships, contact: 

Alternative Dispute Resolution - Center for Dispute Resolution at the University of Maryland (C-DRUM) Toby Treem Guerin in Room 144 (GRAND) 
(tguerin @
Asper Judicial Crystal Edwards in Room 260
(cedwards @
Business Law Hilary Hansen in Room 409D
(hhansen @
Center for Health and Homeland Security Professor Michael Greenberger in Room 467 (
mgreenberger @
Environmental Law Bill Piermattei in Room 488 (
wpiermattei @
Health Law  Lauren Levy in Room 249 (
llevy @
International Law (includes South Africa Externship) Crystal Edwards in Room 260
(cedwards @
Maryland Legislation Professor Susan Leviton in Room 339 
sleviton @
Legislation/ Congressional Mike Beland (
mbeland @
Public Interest Teresa Schmiedeler in Room 208 
(tschmiedeler @