Each year, the Governor’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) seeks qualified candidates for its Summer Legal Extern Program. Ideal candidates will have strong academic credentials and demonstrated research and writing ability. Maturity, professionalism, and a positive attitude are essential components for success in the program.
Approximately 60 positions may be available for students who have completed their first and/or second years of law school. The majority of openings are with OGC agency legal offices in Harrisburg with very limited positions available in Pittsburgh (6), the Philadelphia area (5), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (1), and Meadville (1). Positions are based on a full-time 37.5 hour work week.
Externships are non-paid positions without benefits. Student applicants should determine through their schools, the amount of school credit, if desired, they may receive for completing the OGC Summer Legal Extern Program. Many schools offer work-study arrangements; public or private interest grants; and volunteer opportunities also are available. Successful candidates will be working in Offices of Chief Counsel for the various agencies served by OGC and will be performing work that is typical of entry-level OGC lawyers, with an emphasis on legal research and writing, under the supervision and guidance of experienced OGC attorneys. You may find information about any of the agencies OGC serves on our webpage at www.ogc.pa.gov under the Services To Agencies tab and by clicking on the tab and by clicking on the Agencies Served by OGC link.
Applications for the 2017 Summer Legal Extern Program will be accepted beginning in January of 2017. Applications should be submitted through your law school’s Symplicity website. To view the on-campus interview schedule, please click here
If you attend a law school outside of Pennsylvania, please forward your cover letter, resume, law school transcript and a writing sample (10 pages or less) to firstname.lastname@example.org
for consideration of an interview.
Past Summer Legal Extern Program Student Comments
"I would tell them that working for the OGC is an excellent opportunity because the attorneys really take you under their wing and genuinely want to teach you. Also, you know that the work you do is both important and valuable and you have the opportunity to work on projects that many internships just do not offer. Additionally, an OGC internship is excellent in the fact that it allows you to see what working as an attorney in State Government is really like on a daily basis."
-C Bennett – Dickinson – JD-2017
"If you are looking for a summer experience that will help you improve your research, writing and analytical skills then an externship with OGC is a great opportunity. The assignments you will work on concern real legal work that first year attorneys do. There is nothing more rewarding than working for the people of Pennsylvania and knowing that you are part of an organization that helps the government run more efficiently and effectively." - B Dyer – Drexel – JD-2016
"The experience I gained was invaluable and really provided a sense of what it would be like to work for a governmental body. Moreover, the connections that I made, feedback I received, and the work that I produced will benefit me for the rest of my legal career." - O Ecker – William & Mary – JD-2017
"I would tell them to highly consider the program. Interning at OGC offers an invaluable experience into how the various state agencies operate and gives students a hands-on opportunity to participate in the work in the office. My love for public service grew through this experience."
-E Mylin – Duquesne – JD-2017
"The program provides an unparalleled practical work experience in public sector legal practice." - K Regan – University of Notre Dame – JD-2017
“You feel like a member of a team instead of an intern.”- J Stine – Drexel – JD-2016