Washington, D.C., Summer Program
Each summer, approximately 20 students have the opportunity to take part in the Washington, D.C., Summer Program. Students work in substantive externships in D.C., accompanied by a high-quality academic program and a summer in the nation’s capital. The externship lasts at least seven weeks and students work at least 20 hours per week, in conjunction with taking classes. Students are paired with a supervisor at their externship, and the supervisor ensures that at least 80 percent of the student’s time is substantive work.
Professors Dakota Rudesill and Chris Walker are co-directors of the program. Professor Rudesill brings Washington experience as a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center, as a senior staff member for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad, on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Professor Walker has extensive experience working in the D.C. area, as he previously worked in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Justice, for a prominent litigation boutique, and as a law clerk to Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court. Both professors combine their academic insight with real-life experiences to enhance students’ learning experiences.
Students take a 2-credit course on The Ethics of Washington Lawyering, as well as a 3-credit externship seminar. In previous years, students have worked in major federal agencies and nonprofit groups that are often national leaders in their fields. Externships in the past few years have included the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Association of Realtors, and the D.C. Office of the Attorney General.
Several trips have been included in past years, such as tours of the White House, meeting with the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, touring the Capitol, visiting the CIA headquarters, and social outings as well. Students speak highly of their time spent in D.C. and note the bonds they form with each other add to the value of the experience.