The Catholic University of America

Legal Externships and Clinics

The LPP Program takes advantage of its location in Washington, D.C. to help place students in federal and local government agencies, on Capitol Hill, at nonprofit organizations, and for judges, law firms or corporations.  Through their externships, LPP students gain hands-on experience in the processes by which public policy is formulated in our nation’s capitol.
Examples of externship placements include:
 “My externship has been an invaluable way to tie my legal education to my passion for policy work.  I've been extremely fortunate to be working with attorneys who have shown me a very wide world outside of traditional legal career paths.  I've enjoyed the substantive work I've been given, and the chance to see how the types of jobs a lawyer can have on Capitol Hill.”

                             Camille Senne '12

Extern, House Judiciary Committee
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, & Homeland Security
Capitol Hill and Political Externships
    •  Republican Governors Association
      Republican National Lawyers Association
      U.S. House Budget Committee
      U.S. Representative Robert Andrews
    •  U.S. Representative Frank Kratovil
    •  White House Domestic Policy Council
    •  House Judiciary Committee
Government Externships
      D.C. Public Schools, Urban Education Leaders
      Internship Program, Office of the Chancellor
      Federal Communications Commission
      Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office
      U.S. Coast Guard Office of Maritime & International Law
      U.S. Office of Special Counsel, Hatch Act Unit
      U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
      U.S. Department of Justice
      Environment & Natural Resources
      Community Relations Service
      U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control D.C.
       Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission
      District of Columbia Public Schools
Judicial Externships
      Executive Office for Immigration Review, Headquarters Immigration Court
      Superior Court of the District of Columbia                                                     
      The Honorable John Ramsey Johnson
      The Honorable Judith N. Macaluso
      The Honorable Heidi M. Pasichow
       U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, U.S. Magistrate Judge
        William G. Connelly
       Judicial Intern for Judge Mott, Civil Division, D.C. Superior Court
       Judicial Intern for Judge Ramsey Johnson, Civil Division, D.C.
        Superior Court
       Clerked for the Honorable Patricia A. Broderick, Family Division, D.C.
        Superior Court
       Judicial Intern, Judge Dayson, D.C. Superior Court
Law Firms, Corporations and Non-Profit Organizations
       ABA Governmental Affairs Office
       American Council of Trustees and Alumni
       Americans United for Life
       Bromberg Law & Associates
       Center for Law and Education
       D.C. Appleseed Center for Law & Justice
       Fair Vote
       Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
       National Center for Victims of Crime
       National Geographic Channel
       Service Employees International Union
       SmithBucklin Corporation
       Women Empowered Against Violence
       World Organization for Human Rights
       USAFair Vote: The Center for Voting and Democracy
       Americans United for Life
       Service Employees International Union, Office of General Counsel
       World Bank Anti-Corruption Team
       M.C. Thomas and Associates PC
       Legal Aid Society New Orleans
       Vorys, Sater, Seymore & Pease
       Vera Institute for Justice
       Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Public Defenders
       Fairfax County Public Defender Office
       Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Prince George’s County
      Montgomery County Public Defender
       D.C. Public Defender Service, Juvenile Services Program
Legal Clinics
Some LPP students fulfill one of the two externship requirements for the certificate by enrolling in one of CUA's fine clinical programs, which allow students to provide direct services to indigent people and to appear in court.
These include:
Advocacy for the Elderly
Criminal Prosecution Clinic
D.C. Law Students in Court (DCLSIC)
Families and the Law Clinic
General Practice Clinic
Immigration Litigation Clinic
Innocence Project Clinic


Alisa Huth ’11, with externship supervisor Bel Leong Hong, Chair of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Democratic Caucus, and

Governor Martin O’Malley (MD)


Election Night 2010

Left to Right:  Casey Higgins ’11; Jennifer Grant; Juston Johnson, Campaign Manager for U.S. Senator-Elect Johnson; U.S. Senator-Elect Ron Johnson (R-WI); Steve Johnson; Lynn Johnson

Montgomery County
Public Defender Office


Angela Colaiuta ’10
(2nd from left) with externship supervisor, Jennifer Lyman (far left), and fellow DCLSIC student attorneys

Casey Wallace, ’12
Refugee Law Project,
Kampala, Uganda