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:
- Corporate Counsel Externship
- Criminal Justice Externship
- Judicial Externship
- Public Interest Externship
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.