Rural Summer Externship Program

The Center’s Summer Externship Program offers students a 10-week summer criminal law externship in small, tribal, or rural (STAR) communities in Texas. Working in rural prosecution and public defense offices from May 19-July 28, externs will hone their legal skills, develop valuable mentorship relationships, and gain first-hand experience in the challenges and rewards of working in a STAR community.

At each site, a supervising attorney will work closely with the Deason Center to provide a transformative externship experience. STAR externs will also participate in a weekly externship seminar, directed by Professor Pamela Metzger. The Deason Externship Program is open to all students who have completed their first year of law school, but preference will be given to rising 3Ls.

Non-SMU Law Student Deadline: May 1st

Law Students: To apply, please submit your resume, a writing sample, three references, an unofficial transcript, completed application information form, and a cover letter explaining your interest in rural criminal law practice. Materials should be submitted to the Center’s Law Fellow, Kristin Meeks, at

Extern Application Information Form

Extern Program Description

Prospective Placement Sites: Offices interested in hosting an extern should review the attached Information for Prospective Placement Sites and send a completed application form to Kristin Meeks, Law Fellow, at

Placement Site Application Form

Placement Site Program Description

Initial Information and Frequently Asked Questions for Placement Sites