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Scalia Law School boasts a diverse range of externships, clinics, and other hands-on learning opportunities outside of the classroom, including:

*6 unique clinical opportunities including the U.S. Supreme Court Clinic, the Military Veterans & Servicemembers Clinic, and the Law & Mental Clinic.
*Externships are available on Capitol Hill and throughout Northern Virginia, including in Judge’s Chambers, Public Defenders offices, the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, and many more.

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Hi, I'm Katie Smithgall. I'm originally from Bozeman, Montana.

As a student we spend a lot of time in class. And so it's been really cool to get experiences outside the classroom. It's been awesome to participate in a wide range. For example, I worked at the Federal Trade Commission for a summer and then stayed on to do an externship over that semester. Seeing how it's actually applied in the real world, how anti-trust attorneys were working through tough issues, and then discussing that in class and reading the cases that gave rise to those. That was a great experience.

Journal has taught me how to write academic papers. And it's taught me valuable leadership skills.

Core, I've learned how to get comfortable speaking in front of a panel of judges and debating with them and discussing current legal issues.

And then my Supreme Court clinic has given me the chance to actually write with a team of other students, an amicus brief for the Supreme Court.

And so I'm graduating with writing skills, leadership skills, oral arguments skills, all that are necessary to be a successful lawyer. Not only have I learned a lot in class, but I've also actually applied that learning already. And so, I've already been able to start sharpening those tools to succeed in a law firm, or any government agency or whatever I decide to do.

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