Externships

Externships provide a unique opportunity for students to work in a professional setting outside the Law School while earning academic credits. The program requires students work at an approved placement during the semester and take a companion externship course. The course enhances the student experience by assisting in the development of essential practical skills, professional skills, values and judgment. By emphasizing self-reflection, externships not only offer invaluable practical experience but ensure students have the capacity for self-directed professional growth beyond their law school years.

Externships are available to J.D. students, as well as LL.M. students. For more information, view the Externship FAQs below or email lawexternships@wayne.edu.

Details regarding prerequisites, program requirements and application processes are outlined at the links below. 

Wayne Law offers four externship programs and a Free Legal Aid Clinic:

Externship FAQ

  • What are externships?

    Externships are an academic program that allows students to earn credit for work at an approved placement with a court, nonprofit organization, state or federal agency, or in-house counsel program. Students enroll in the colloquium which is a course that supplements a student's experience at the approved externship placement.  

  • Am I eligible to participate in an externship?

    If you are a J.D. student, you must have completed all required first-year courses, have a grade point average of at least 2.0, and have passed or be enrolled in Professional Responsibility to be eligible for an externship.

    If you are an LL.M. student, you must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average, have completed the equivalent of the first-year courses, and have passed or be enrolled in Professional Responsibility to be eligible for an externship. As an LL.M. student, your externship placement must be related to your concentration.

  • Where can I do an externship?

    You can complete an externship from Wayne Law's lists of approved placements. Placements include prosecutors' and public defenders' offices, courts, corporate counsel offices and public interest organizations.

  • How many credits are externships?

    When you elect to take an externship for credit, you must complete the externship colloquium and either the practicum or perform at least 150 hours of work for an approved field supervisor during the same semester. The colloquium and the practicum are two credits each.

  • Is there a maximum number of externship credits I can count towards the completion of my degree?

    You can take no more than eight credit hours in the externship program. There is also a 14-credit maximum on clinics and externships combined. 

  • How do I apply for an externship?

    Please see the application process detailed here.

6 live-client clinics and a robust externship program provide students with the practical experience needed to obtain meaningful employment upon graduation.