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Information for Host Organizations

The Program

Externships offer an exciting opportunity to augment classroom study with real-world work experience. 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.

Educational Commitment of the Host Organization

There must be a commitment to participate with the student in analyzing and discussing the intellectual lessons to be drawn from the student's experience. The attorneys who supervise the student must assume responsibility for continuous evaluation of the student's work, with particular attention paid to ways in which it can be improved.

The host organization must also agree not to use student externs primarily for undesirable make-work tasks such as cite-checking or perfunctory research projects.

Mid-Semester Meeting

We typically ask a faculty member to visit each externship placement. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss: 

  • The student's progress toward his or her goals
  • The quality of the student's work and performance thus far
  • Whether the student has received quality supervision and specific feedback to help improve his or her performance, and
  • The student and site's plans for the second half of the semester, including the type of work, skills and proceedings the student will focus on.

Host organizations should expect the meeting to occur at about the midway point of the semester.


The student's supervising attorney at the host organization must submit two formal written evaluations, once at the midterm point in the externship and again at the conclusion. These evaluations should detail the work the extern has done and the supervisor's evaluation of the student's performance during the time period covered.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure these evaluations are submitted.

Click here to complete and submit the Midterm Evaluation.

Click here to complete and submit the Final Evaluation.