Many students in the Boise Program participate in externships throughout the Treasure Valley region around Boise. An externship can offer a student the chance to try out a particular job or to work with a particular area of law, giving a glimpse of what the work is like without requiring the student to commit to the job for more than a semester. This is a great way to determine whether or not a particular type of work or job is right for you!
For 3L students with limited licenses, the opportunity to appear in court can be a defining moment in a law school career. Those working with county prosecutors or public defenders often end up taking a case from pretrial motions (allowing them to present oral argument on motions to suppress or to dismiss) all the way to trial (giving them the opportunity to put the rules of evidence into practice). Those working for the Court get a behind-the-scenes look at how judges approach the issues they are tasked with deciding while also further developing their research and writing skills.
Externships also provide an opportunity for students to meet a variety of practitioners, judges, and others working in the legal field.
Extensive Externships Available
A variety of externships are available in virtually every area of law.
We have students who extern at the following:
- state and federal courts,
- state and federal government agencies,
- private corporations (such as Simplot and Boise, Inc.),
- the Idaho State Bar,
- Idaho Legal Aid Services,
- the American Civil Liberties Union,
- county prosecutor and public defender offices, and
- the United States Attorney’s Office.
Tax and Bankruptcy Externships and Clerkships
If tax law is your interest, you can work for the Idaho Tax Commission. For bankruptcy, we place students in clerkships with the federal bankruptcy judges. In some cases, an externship may be the only way a student would have an opportunity to clerk for a particular judge, because many judges are filling their clerkship spots with permanent career clerks.
Clerkships are available with the following:
- the federal district courts,
- the state district courts,
- the bankruptcy courts, and
- the state appellate courts.
We also have students who arrange for more specialized externships, like those with the Administrative Office of the Courts, where students work to help develop policy and set up specialty courts (like domestic violence or drug courts). Students can also work with policy issues at our externships with the Office of the Governor and with the Idaho Senate Majority Leader. Students interested in natural resource law have opportunities to work with the state’s water law experts at the Idaho Attorney General’s Office or with the Department of Environmental Quality, as well as with experienced non-profit conservation groups.
Limited Externships with Private Firms
Typically, we do not allow externships with private firms except in limited circumstances that facilitate curricular development. For instance, we have had students with an interest in intellectual property work at an intellectual property firm or with Boise State University in the General Counsel’s Office.