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Law School Recruiting

The Governor’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) offers opportunities for qualified candidates in summer and term-time externships. Ideal candidates will have strong academic credentials, an interest in public service, and demonstrated research and writing ability. Maturity, professionalism, and a positive attitude are essential components for success in the program. 

For the summer program, approximately 40 positions traditionally are 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 (up to 6), the Philadelphia area (5), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (1), Williamsport (1) and Meadville (1). Positions are based on a full-time 37.5 hour work week. More limited opportunities are available during the academic term, mostly in Harrisburg. 

OGC externships typically are non-paid positions without benefits; however grants and/or academic credit may be available. Applicants should determine through their schools the availability of grants and/or work-study funds. Students also should consult their institutions to determine the amount of school credit, if desired, they may receive for completing an OGC externship opportunity. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Successful candidates will be working in the 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 will find more detailed information about the agencies OGC serves under our webpage's Services To Agencies tab and by clicking on the Agencies Served by OGC link. 

Applications for OGC extern programs are accepted through your law school’s career services office or its Symplicity or 12Twenty website. If you attend a law school where OGC is not able to provide on-campus interviews, please submit your application materials to ogcic@pa.gov for consideration of an interview.

Past Summer Legal Extern Program Student Comments

"OGC’s Summer Externship Program is a great opportunity to gain experience working in a wide variety of interesting areas of the law and to learn more about working in public service. All of the attorneys are truly happy to teach you new things and help with any questions that arise." - A. Bartley, Penn State JD 2022

"It’s an excellent program with attorneys who are genuinely interested in getting to know you and helping you become a better lawyer." – M. Burgess, Dickinson JD 2022

"The OGC Extern Program was an excellent first experience with government work. This summer I learned the basics of a niche area of law, but more importantly I developed connections with and learned from an office full of welcoming, inspiring attorneys. Thanks to my summer at the OGC, I feel confident that a job in public service would be fulfilling." – V. Kager, Temple JD 2022

"This is a great opportunity for any law student considering a career in the public sector. Not only will you get substantive experience and receive quality mentorship in working with your assigned agency, but you will also have multiple chances to learn about the work of other Pennsylvania agencies." – P. Reilly, Georgetown JD 2022

"Although you will be challenged during this experience, you will also be rewarded with improving your research skills, refining your professional communication skills, and learning a wealth of new legal knowledge."  – C. Karasek, Widener Commonwealth JD 2021