Bridging the Gap Between Law School and Law Practice through Corporate Externship Programs
The following was originally published by the South Carolina chapter for the Association of Corporate Counsel and was co-authored by Charleston School of Law Director of Externships and Public Service and Pro Bono, Michelle Mensore Condon.
Externship programs offered by the Charleston School of Law connect law students with in-house counsel to provide real world legal experience and train future generations of in-house counsel.
Externships are courses which allow students to earn academic credit and gain practical work experience under the supervision of licensed attorneys who serve as their site supervisors. In addition to working at the externship site, students attend an externship course at school that covers legal ethics, workplace best practices, professional identity, diversity and cultural competency, time management, wellness, and related topics. Programs include placements with Samsung, Dominion Energy, Mercedes-Benz, Blackbaud, and many others. All externships are unpaid.
Doing an externship changed the course of Rachel Lambeth’s career. Lambeth, a 2018 Charleston School of Law graduate, now teaches the corporate externship course and practices in-house. She decided she wanted to be an in-house attorney after externing at the same company where she supervises externs today.
“It has been a great experience showing students how the practice of law is done in a business context and helping them build upon the skills they have already gained in law school by showing them how to apply these skills to working in-house and translating the language of law into the language of business,” Lambeth said.
The Charleston School of Law Externship Program welcomes new externship opportunities for their students and invite you to learn more about their programs. If your company would like to become an externship site, contact Michelle Mensore Condon by email or 843.377.2457. Companies can also submit an application for consideration at charlestonlaw.edu.