Published on: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
The University of St. Thomas School of Law has once again come out on top of a nationwide study on externships.
With 712 placements for a full-time student body of 445, UST Law leads the country in externships per full-time student, a position it has held since 2010. The School of Law is one of just two law schools in the country that offer more externships than full-time enrollment, PreLaw Magazine reported.
“We want to make sure that we’re maximizing the employability of our students so that they have legitimate opportunities post-graduation,” Lisa Brabbit, senior assistant dean for external relations and programs, told PreLaw Magazine. “We’re big in numbers, but what is most important to us is that we’re best in terms of quality.”
The School of Law’s Mentor Externship Program pairs 1L students with mentors from its vast network of more than 500 lawyers and judges. During the first year, students participate 15 hours in the field with their mentors. In the second and third years, students do 25 or more hours in the field (a vast majority do more) and approximately 25 hours in the classroom. The School of Law also requires that every student in his or her second and third year of law school have a faculty member review his or her résumé.
Read the full report in PreLaw Magazine.