Texas Tech Law Begins Externship Training in Metroplex

The new program provides a unique educational opportunity in one of Texas’ most important legal markets.

Written by Celeste Villarreal

This fall a select group of third-year Texas Tech University School of Law students are earning full-time academic credit while living and working as externs in Dallas/Fort Worth. This innovative new program provides a unique educational opportunity in one of Texas’ most important legal markets.

Fifteen students (seven in the fall and eight in the spring) will work in public interest and government law practices, including the metroplex offices of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Northern District of Texas, and the Dallas and Fort Worth Courts of Appeals, among others.

Students will work at their respective placements for approximately 30 hours per week, learning practical skills and connecting to their future legal community. In addition to working as externs, the students also attend classes offered by Texas Tech Law professors who live in Dallas, including coursework in white collar crime and arbitration.

The students also will participate in an alumni contact program to expand their professional networks. This program requires each student to attend a bar association event or social function with eight different D/FW alumni during the semester.

In August the first group of Texas Tech Law D/FW students participated in an intensive three-day externship “boot camp” designed to prepare them for a semester in attorney-supervised placement. Area law firms donated space for the meetings, and multiple panels of judges and attorneys from both Dallas and Fort Worth addressed the students on a variety of topics. After a hard day’s work in boot camp, the students had the opportunity to experience some interesting area attractions, including The Ballpark at Arlington and a tour of Cowboy Stadium.

Dean Darby Dickerson hosted an alumni reception in Dallas where the externship students mingled and networked with alums participating in the alumni contact program. Attorneys and judges, with practices ranging from commercial litigation to criminal defense, came together at the reception to support the launch of the D/FW program and celebrate Texas Tech’s first class of externship students.

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Contact: Celeste Villarreal, communications coordinator, Texas Tech School of Law, (806) 742-3990 ext. 249, or celeste.villarreal@ttu.edu.