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The Wake Forest Summer Externship program provides students with full-time practical training opportunities with firms and offices in North and South Carolina. As a part of the externship, law students work under the mentorship and guidance of experienced lawyers. Practice areas include in-house counsel offices, private law firms, public interest law firms and government offices. Students develop and use those skills that are necessary to successfully practice law in today’s competitive and ever-changing market.

The Wake Forest Summer Externship is offered during the summer academic term, which begins the last week of May. In addition to the practicum placement in a legal office, students also attend a 2-hour-per-week seminar led by a member of the Wake Forest University School of Law faculty. This additional classroom component allows students to focus their attention on specific issues related to a civil practice.

Through this concurrent combination of real-world legal experience and class work, our students develop a working knowledge of the core competencies that are required of effective lawyers: professionalism and ethics, sound research and analysis, careful document review and drafting, attention to detail, and an ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.

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