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 ensures 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, visit the Externship FAQ page or 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 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."

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