Externship Placement Opportunities

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The following lists include previous externship opportunities held by Duke Law students. We provide this list as a helpful resource for students seeking placements, but this list is not exclusive; students are encouraged to apply to an office that is the best match for them. Duke Law is unique in allowing both remote externship placements and full-time placements outside the Triangle area (acorss the country and abroad).

For updated job openings, please see our Current Students Externship Search spreadsheet; you may also look in the PSJD website, USAJobs, Symplicity's job posting section, and the Arizona Handbook

Professor Gordon will host virtual office hours throughout the semester in her personal zoom room; sign up here. Refer to the Externship Handbook for more details on placement and application requirements. 

Individual Externships


Chapel Hill City Attorney's Office 
City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development
Durham City Attorney's Office
Durham County Attorney's Office
Durham County District Attorney's Office
Durham County Public Defender
EEOC Federal Public Defender
NC Attorney General's Office
NC State Bureau of Investigation
NC Department of Justice (Consumer Protection, Environmental, Special Litigation, Tort Claims Sections)
NC Department of Justice, Solicitor General’s Office
NC General Assembly, Legislative Analysis Division
NC Office of the Appellate Defender
NC School Boards Association
NC State Board of Elections
NC State Board of Education
Office of the Public Defender (Durham, Wake, Orange, Guilford Counties)
Office of the Appellate Defender
District Attorney's Office (Durham, Wake, Orange, Guilford Counties)
U.S. Air Force JAG
U.S. Army JAG
U.S. Attorney's Office, EDNC
U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
U.S. Coast Guard, Maritime and International Law Office


ACLU Capital Punishment Project
ACLU of North Carolina
Advocate for Children's Services
Battered Immigrant Project
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Brady Center for Gun Violence
Carolina Adoption Services
Center for AI and Digital Policy: CAIDP
Center for Death Penalty Litigation
Center for Patent Innovations
Disability Rights NC
Disability Law Colorado
Environmental Defense Fund
Families Against Mandatory Minimums
Institute for Justice
Inter-American Foundation
Land Loss Prevention Project
Legal Aid of North Carolina
National Health Law Program
NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
NC Conservation Network
NC Justice Center
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic
Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Southern Environmental Law Center


Durham County Superior Court
North Carolina Court of Appeals
North Carolina Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, Magistrate Court
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
Wake County Family Court


Clean Capital
Draper Associates, Legal Department
Minerva 319
NY Nets General Counsel
Quintiles, General Counsel
SAS Institute (Patent, Compliance, International Contracts divisions)
Sony Music
Red Hat
RTI International


Placements at Duke

Duke General Counsel's Office
Duke Office of Institutional Equity
Duke Athletics Compliance Office
Duke Office of Asset Management (DUMAC)
Duke Office of Translation and Commercialization

Duke in D.C. Externships


D.C. Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection and Nonprofit Management Division
Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration General Counsel
EPA, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition, Technology Enforcement Division
House Oversight Committee
House Judiciary Committee
Public Defender Service for District of Columbia
Securities and Exchange Commission, Trading and Markets Division
Securities and Exchange Commission, Enforcement Division
Senate Judiciary Committee
Smithsonian Museum, General Counsel's Office
U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division
U.S. Department of Justice, Legal Policy Office
U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Telecom and Broadband Section
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division
U.S. Department of Justice - Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section, Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section
U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Appellate Section
U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section
U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Advisor
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Non-profit / NGO

ACLU National Prison Project
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Center for Reproductive Rights
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE)
Digital Media Association (DiMA)
Future of Privacy Forum
Institute of Governance and Sustainable Development
Natural Resources Defense Council
World Bank
World Bank, Integrity Vice Presidency

Faculty-Mentored Externships


California Appellate Project
Colorado Attorney General’s Office
Florida Power & Light, Office of Counsel
San Francisco Public Defender
Securities and Exchange Commission
US DOJ - Consumer Protection Division
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Attorney’s Office (Sacramento, CA)

Non-Profit / NGO

ACLU Disability Rights Project (San Francisco, CA)
Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund - Voting Rights & Democracy Program (New York, NY)
California Lawyers for the Arts
Hague Conference on Private International Law
Immigration Counseling Service (Portland, OR)
Montana Legal Services
NY Legal Assistance Group - Employment Law Project (New York, NY)
Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts
Scripps Health
Southern Environmental Law Center
USC General Counsel, Health Sciences Legal Team (Los Angeles, CA)


International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia
Supreme Court of Israel
UN Office of the High Commissioner