Semester in DC Further Details
Semester in Washington D.C.
The University of Connecticut Law School Semester in D.C Program places selected students in key federal agencies, legislative offices or non-profit groups for one semester of service as unpaid legal interns. The goal is to expand our students’ career horizons and give them a better understanding of how law and policy is made and enforced, while providing host institutions with energetic, capable and reliable assistants along the way.
Students meeting program requirements will earn the full complement of 13 academic credits for the term:
• 7 credits for the agency internship (30 hours a week); ungraded credits.
• 3 credits for Advanced Topics in Regulation, a graded evening seminar in which students gain the basic knowledge and tools they need to succeed.
• 3 credits for Advanced Topics in Legislation, graded evening seminar in which will be given a deep and solid grounding in an aspect of government -- legislation -- that is not covered in administrative law courses but is critically important to the training of students who aspire to careers working in or with government.
Enrollment is open to both 2Ls and 3Ls. There are no academic prerequisites, though completion of Administrative Law and/or a law school course relevant to the subject matter of the host agency is helpful. The agency internship does not count against a student's externship SRP/Externship limit nor the limit on pass/fail credits.
To participate in the program students must complete the application process, get provisionally accepted into the program, and get placed in a suitable host institution in Washington, DC. Regardless of what happens with the placement process in the spring, students should pre-register for the full complement of fall courses here at the Law School just in case the placement falls through for any reason.
We understand that the Connecticut Law Review is revamping its Supplemental Write-On process to enable rising 2Ls to participate in the DC program and, if selected, join the Law Review in the spring of their 2L year. Students with questions about this should contact the current Editor-in-Chief.
The Public Interest and International Law Journals allow their 2L members to participate in the DC program and do their journal work from DC.
For 2Ls selected to participate in the fall Semester in DC program, we recommend reaching out in April/May of your 1L year to employers who interest you, explaining that you have been selected for the DC program, and asking for a separate interview in advance of the on-campus process. Most employers, in our experience, accommodate those requests, making it feasible for students to fly back to Hartford to meet with the one or two that do not. Southwest flies direct from BWI to Hartford for a minimal rate, if you book online well in advance.
Will you be disadvantaged in the on-campus process by participating in the DC program? Absolutely not! On the contrary, our experience has been that employers are quite impressed by selection in the program and spend a great deal of time in job interviews asking and talking about it.
Students are responsible for finding their own housing, which is generally more expensive in the DC area than in Hartford. You should budget between $600 and $1,000 per month for rent, depending on where you live. Craigslist is a huge help in finding housing, and living a little farther out on the metro is obviously cheaper than living close in. Rooms in group houses are less expensive than free-standing apartments.
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