The Wake Forest School of Law Program in Washington includes the Metropolitan Externship, which provides selected students with the opportunity to spend a semester in practice in the most diverse and vibrant legal environment in the world. The program includes both an externship component and a programmatic initiative that includes conferences, roundtables, symposia, and lectures.
Students spend approximately 35 hours per week interning in a government agency or non-governmental organization. The types of placements include Executive Branch offices such as the Departments of Justice or State, or independent agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, or Federal Elections Commission. Non-governmental groups include advocacy groups, human rights organizations and trade associations. International organizations, such as the IMF or World Bank, are also included in the program. Whatever the setting, students engage in the kinds of tasks performed by lawyers in Washington, under the immediate supervision of an experienced attorney or attorneys in the particular office.
In addition to this practice component, students attend a weekly class session, which explores issues common to the interns. The class is taught by Adjunct Professor David J. Gottlieb, who also organizes the project. Professor Gottlieb will be in residence in Washington during each spring semester, and will be in close contact with students throughout the semester. Students also complete journals to be submitted to Professor Gottlieb.
Students enroll for 13 credits, which includes 10 credits for the field work and three graded credits for the classroom component.