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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.

Although skills training may be a component of an externship, the object of the program must be to further the student's legal education in the sense of deepening his or her understanding of the nature of law and the legal system; skills training alone is not an adequate justification for engaging in an externship outside the Law School.

Educational Commitment & Host Organization Statement

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.

On-Site Inspections

The ABA requires that a faculty member make an on-site visit to each externship placement when students are granted in excess of four credits during the externship term. Therefore, guidelines have been formulated to help the faculty member prepare his/her report on the site visit. Through conversations with the attorney supervisor(s) and the student, the faculty member should determine:

  • The nature and level of work done by the office.
  • Assignments given to the student.
  • Adequacy of supervision.
  • The student's performance during the course of the externship.
  • Whether that particular externship is of value sufficient to warrant repeating in subsequent terms.

The faculty member should document his/her impressions in a written report and submit it to Barbara Glispin to become part of the student's externship file.

Host organizations should expect the site visit 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.


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