Tips for Prospective Externs
Here are some tips for making your search for an externship more successful:
- Contact the supervising attorney or judge you are interested in working with to be sure they have an extern position for the semester in which you want to work.
- Find out what materials the supervising attorney or judge would like to receive from you and how they would like to receive the materials. For example, resume, cover sheet, writing sample, sent via e-mail, mailed, etc.
- Start your externship search early. You do not have to sign-up for a specific externship before you start your search. Some placements have lengthy background checks and other externships have specific application deadlines.
- Check back and view the Supervising Attorney Search often. Externship opportunities are updated frequently.
- Most supervising attorneys or judges will schedule an interview appointment with you. Be clear and up front about your search for an externship. If asked, tell the supervising attorney or judge that you are looking at more than one externship opportunity.
- Dress “professionally.” This should apply throughout your externship.
- Keep your appointments! If you have already accepted an externship, then let any other supervising attorney or judge whom you have contacted know you have secured an externship.
- Please do not accept an externship, and then turn it down after you receive a “better” offer. This is very important, both to the perception the supervising attorney or judge will have of you and of the University of Denver.
- Call if you are going to be late. If for some reason you are going to be late for an interview appointment or for your externship work, call and advise your supervising attorney or judge. This applies to missing work days in your externship too. Please call in!
- Work out a precise schedule for work with your supervising attorney or judge. Don’t assume your supervising attorney or judge knows you will be gone during holidays and school vacations, such as spring break.