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"One of the main reasons I decided to attend Michigan Law was its strong international externship program, which helps students apply the knowledge they gain from focused international course work. For example, my Constitutionalism in South Africa course prepared me for my externship with the South African Human Rights Commission. Applying that classroom knowledge with real-life practice was an enriching experience."

– Maya D. Simmons, '07, Alston & Bird LLP

Externships for Academic Credit

Michigan's externship program is designed to provide individual students with advanced training and research opportunities in areas of particular interest to them that go beyond what is traditionally offered in a classroom setting. Michigan Law has special externships based in Geneva, Switzerland, and in South Africa, which expand and enrich the Law School's extensive curriculum in international and foreign law, and make it possible for students to engage in legal work with agencies grappling with the most challenging international problems and legal issues of the day. For detailed information on all of the externships offered by Michigan Law, visit our externships page.

Geneva Externship Program


The United Nations Building in Geneva

Michigan Law offers students the opportunity to participate in a semester-long externship in Geneva during the winter term each year with leading intergovernmental and nongovernmental (NGO) institutions. Students are immersed in the work of these international institutions and closely supervised by their legal staffs. They have an opportunity to explore how international legal regimes intersect with such diverse fields as trade, human rights, intellectual property, environment, telecommunications and health. Externs participate in a contemporaneous seminar intended to provide them substantive context for their externships by focusing on the roles and practices of international organizations and NGOs and the place of law in their work.  The Geneva externship is managed by the Center for International and Comparative Law. Interested students should contact Roopal Shah, Assistant Dean for International Affairs, at



Theary Seng, '00, talks about the South Africa externship

Students participating in the Law School's semester-long South Africa Externship Program, which marked its 15th anniversary in 2010, have been placed in both governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg, in law clinics headquartered at various law schools in South Africa, and in human rights organizations. The South Africa externship takes place during the winter academic term and is managed by the Office of Student Affairs.


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