Externships are an integral part of the experiential learning program at Wayne Law. Students who elect to complete an externship earn academic credit while gaining practical experience outside the Law School walls. Externships develop students' professional skills, values and judgment as they learn about professionalism, the practice of law and the legal system, while becoming reflective practitioners with the capacity for self-directed professional growth.

Wayne Law offers four externship programs:

Externs work at least 150 hours in one of many approved field placements. These opportunities range from the U.S. Attorney's Office to the Michigan Court of Appeals to the American Civil Liberties Union. If they wish, externship students also may find their own unique placement opportunities and request approval from the program director.

In addition to their fieldwork, students complete complementary colloquia, a classroom component tailored to help them achieve their externship goals. Taught by experienced practitioners, the colloquia teach students about the roles and responsibilities of practicing attorneys and strategic and ethical issues in their field of law. Externships are available to J.D. students, as well as LL.M. students. For more information, visit the Externship FAQ page or lawexternships@wayne.edu.

The externship application for winter 2019 has closed. Questions: Professor Robichaud, fh4104@wayne.edu

How to apply for externships

Externship FAQ

Corporate Counsel Externship FAQ and timeline for winter 2019

Externship registration request - J.D.

Externship registration request - LL.M.

Externship Standards

Charles Hayden

Charles Hayden
Wayne Law class of 2019

Charles Hayden
"The externship program at Wayne Law opened up a multitude of doors for me. I was fortunate enough to work for a prosperous publicly traded company and under the chief judge at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. These experiences not only provided me with a plethora of knowledge, experience and networking opportunities but also allowed me to impact the community in a positive way. Participating in the externship program is one of the best decisions I made at Wayne Law."

Advocating for justice, serving the community, revitalizing Detroit and Michigan