Wayne State University

Judicial Externship

Judicial externs learn about the roles and responsibilities of judges and judicial clerks, judicial decision-making and effective advocacy. Judicial externs develop skills in research, writing, analysis, oral communication and law practice management.

While the work at each student’s placement is the primary focus of the externship program, the fieldwork is supplemented by a colloquium that includes: the sharing of experiences from the various placements, reflective journals, and discussions and presentations by faculty and students on a wide variety of topics related to the justice system.

How to apply for a Judicial Externship

List of Judicial Externship placements

"My Judicial Externship at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan provided the opportunity to extern with Judge Avern Cohn during the day while receiving instruction from Judge Mark Goldsmith n the classroom. I gained practical skills through my work and instruction that will translate into my practice of the law."

Shanika Owens, Detroit
Wayne Law Class of 2017
Graduate of Michigan State University

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