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Information for Host Organizations 

The Program

Externships, also known as external studies opportunities, 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 external studies program, 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 study outside the Law School.


The host organization must be shown to have undertaken a specifically educational commitment to the student, including an explicit statement that the student will be supervised by an identified attorney or group of attorneys. 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.

Therefore, the host organization must sign a Supervising Attorney Agreement​​​ that demonstrates its commitment to the student and his or her learning.


The student's supervising attorney at the host organization must submit the formal evaluation below at the conclusion of the semester. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are required.


Review Date *:
Select a date from the calendar.
Extern's Name *:
Placement *:
Supervisor *:
Supervisory Consultation *:
Research and Analytical Skills *:
Research and Analytical Skills Comments or Examples:
Writing Skills *:
Writing Skills Comments or Examples:
Legal Knowledge *:
Legal Knowledge Comments or Examples:
Oral Skills *:
Oral Skills Comments or Examples:
Ethical Concerns *:
Ethical Concerns Comments or Examples:
Professionalism *:
Professionalism Comments or Examples:
Attitude and Work Habits *:
Attitude and Work Habits Comments or Examples:
Additional Comments:
Final Words *:
Student Discussion *:
Electronic Signature *: