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Melissa Jarel

"Participating in the Externship Program at UNC has been one of the best decisions I have made during my law school career. The Externship Program has not only supplemented my legal education here at UNC by extending me the opportunity to implement diverse legal skills in practice, but it has also provided me an arena to continually refine my legal skills, and encourage me to tackle challenging projects in a variety of legal fields, all while helping me to grow my professional network. Moreover, the mentorship and commitment to teaching the practice of law provided by my various Site Supervisors has been one of the many highlights of the Program for me. I would highly recommend participating in the Program to anyone looking to diversify the traditional law school experience."

- Melissa Jarel, Class of 2016

Courtney Valentine

"Finally, I would like to say that it is so good of judges at the Court of Appeals and other courts to open their chambers to provide law students with the opportunity to participate in externship programs. Certainly, the judges receive extra help in their workload, and it takes some pressure off the clerks to have more people working on cases, but I would guess that the majority of the benefit really goes to the externs. It is such an amazing experience to still be a student but to be discussing and in some cases drafting, with guidance, legal decisions that are affecting real people in real situations. Although there are many classes in law school that I have genuinely enjoyed, my externship experience will be one of the most memorable in my law school career."

- Courtney Valentine, Class of 2013

Jack Lyman

"A full-time, semester-long externship is without a doubt the best way to get more hands-on legal experience during law school. My time as an extern got my foot in the door, and I was able to put out good work product and develop relationships with attorneys in my group who later went to bat for me before, during, and after the interview process."

- Jack Lyman, Class of 2014, Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General’s Honors Program

"I personally feel that the externship program was one of the most useful and relevant classes I took while in law school."

- Joshua J. Higgin
Office of Corporate Counsel
RTI International

Fall 2011 Washington DC 12 Credit Externs
with Professor Savasta-Kennedy

I would definitely recommend this program to other students. Not only is this externship program one in which you learn a substantial amount about lawyering, it is an excellent career move. As someone not interested in the typical large law firm route, I found the opportunity to work in federal government impossible to resist. In this economy, public interest employers of all types are looking for an honest demonstration that you are committed to their work. I hesitated to apply because I enjoy the extracurricular offerings at Carolina, but my advice to every student is do not hesitate. This is worth the trade-off.

My take away from this experience was a new appreciation for learning goals. I discussed them with my supervisor, and we made things happen. They inspired me to be more proactive about my externship experience.

-Amelia Thompson, DOJ EED, Fall 2011

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