The HLS Semester in Washington Program is an extraordinary opportunity to work at the intersection of government, policy, and practice while pursuing your particular interests. Clinic participants spend the Spring Term (or both the Winter and Spring Terms, if preferred) living in Washington and working as legal interns in federal government offices in the Executive, Legislative, or Judicial Branches. The placements, primarily in offices where lawyers provide legal advice and assistance on policy, legislative, or regulatory matters, are developed collaboratively between the students and the Clinic Director to match to the students’ interests.

Previous placements have included the White House Counsel’s Office, the Justice Department’s Civil Rights, Criminal, and Environmental Divisions, the Department of Defense’s Office of General Counsel, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Senate Judiciary, Armed Services and Energy Committees, and many more.

Please note that the Spring 2025 White House Internship Program application window is now open and will close on Friday, July 26, 2024.  More information about this program and the application process can be found here.

The Semester in Washington Program also has a course component that complements the placements.  The course focuses on what it means to do great policy making, developing the skills to make it happen, and leadership.

To learn more about the program, take a look at the clinic’s website, where you can find information on both the clinic and course portions of the Program, learn about the students who have participated in the Program and their placements, and much more. 

Finally, if you have any questions or want to discuss how the clinic might help further your goals, you can email the Clinic Director, Jonathan Wroblewski, at or give him a call at 703-623-6824 (please text first to alert him). He’d love to hear from you!

The initial application deadline for the clinic is August 16, 2024.  Apply today through the online application process!